This week, the $120,000 Art Basel banana art was removed and Foster + Partners introduced a sustainability manifesto

This week on Dezeen, Maurizio Cattelan’s $120,000 banana at Art Basel Miami Beach was removed from display and Foster + Partners launched its sustainability manifesto. A banana taped to a wall by Italian artist Cattelan, named Comedian, was removed from its display at Art Basel Miami Beach after “several uncontrollable crowd movements”, which included another […]

Foster + Partners completes Galeries Lafayette department store in Luxembourg

Architecture studio Foster + Partners has created a department store in Luxembourg with a faceted glass facade. The Galeries Lafayette store stands at the corner of Grand Rue and Boulevard Royal in central Luxembourg. It was designed by Foster + Partners to be “a distinctive presence for one of Europe’s leading department stores”. The seven-storey building has […]

Foster + Partners launches sustainability manifesto

Foster + Partners has launched a sustainability manifesto that outlines its methodology for designing buildings that will go beyond current environmental certification schemes to meet the demands of the Paris Agreement. The Norman Foster-led studio developed its evaluation methodology, which is outlined in its eight-page manifesto, as it believes that designing buildings to current environmental standards will […]

The Willis Faber & Dumas building is a revolutionary high-tech office

We continue or high-tech architecture series by looking at Foster Associates’ Willis Faber & Dumas building, a revolutionary office block in Ipswich, which was completed in 1975. Built as the headquarters of insurance company Willis Faber & Dumas, the three-storey block occupies its entire site and is wrapped in a glass curtain wall that reflects the […]

Foster + Partners completes luxury Principal Tower in London

Architect Foster + Partners has completed its first residential skyscraper in London, which contains 299 luxury apartments. Named Principal Tower, the 50-storey building marks the completion of Principal Place, which is a mixed-use development positioned between Shoreditch and the capital’s financial district. As part of the development Foster + Partners also designed a 15-storey office for […]

Foster’s HSBC building in Hong Kong is a revolutionary high-tech skyscraper

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Headquarters was a ground-breaking skyscraper and established Norman Foster as a global brand. We take a look at the high-rise bank as part of our high-tech architecture series. Designed with the simple brief of creating “the best bank headquarters in the world”, the forty-four-storey skyscraper for HSBC set Foster’s studio […]

Norman Foster’s Stansted Airport “challenged all the rules of terminal design”

Thirty-six structural trees support the roof of Stansted Airport by Norman Foster‘s studio, which is the next project in our high-tech architecture series. At London’s Stansted Airport, British firm Foster Associates, which is now Foster + Partners, turned the typical airport layout upside-down by placing all of the heavy environmental services underground, instead of on the rooftop. […]

Norman Foster’s Renault Distribution Centre is high-tech architecture’s most flamboyant structure

Next in our high-tech architecture series is Norman Foster‘s Renault Distribution Centre in Swindon, one of the most expressive and distinctive examples of the style. Completed in 1982 by Foster Associates, which became Foster + Partners, the Renault Distribution Centre was the main UK distribution facility for French car manufacturer Renault. With its expressed structure it […]

Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre – the first high-tech art gallery

Continuing our high-tech architecture series, we look at how the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts by Norman Foster marked the style’s transition from industrial to cultural buildings. Completed in 1978 the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts was the first cultural building designed by Foster and his wife Wendy at their studio, which at the time was […]

Natural light fills courtyard of Foster + Partners’ Samson Pavilion in Cleveland

Glazed walls, a large metal roof and a vast central atrium feature in an academic building designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners for an emerging medical campus in Ohio. The Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion is located just beyond downtown Cleveland. Encompassing 478,000 square feet (44,408 square metres), the educational facility brings medical, dental […]

Foster + Partners completes Philadelphia’s tallest building

Foster + Partners‘ Comcast Technology Center skyscraper in Philadelphia contains “Silicon Valley-style” work spaces topped with a 12-storey Four Seasons hotel. The British firm‘s 341-metres-tall skyscraper at 1800 Arch Street is built next to the Comcast Center, which was completed in 2008, to create a campus for cable company Comcast. Photograph by Jeffrey Totaro The Comcast Technology […]

Foster + Partners’ latest Apple Store opens in central Tokyo

The latest Apple Store in Tokyo is fronted by a row of two-storey protruding windows that turn the shopfront into a series of display cabinets. Located near the Imperial Palace in the Marunouchi district of central Tokyo, the Apple Store has been deigned by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Apple’s design team. Built on […]

Foster + Partners restores “iconic” glass Apple Fifth Avenue

Apple‘s glass Fifth Avenue store in New York City has reopened to the public following a renovation by Foster + Partners that added a spiral staircase, skylights and public plaza. Apple Fifth Avenue is an underground Apple Store in Manhattan, nestled below a plaza that is in front of Edward Durell Stone’s 50-storey General Motors […]

Wavy white concrete roof tops Foster + Partners’ Apple Aventura store in Miami

Foster + Partners has completed its latest Apple Store in Miami with an undulating white concrete roof that draws on the city’s art deco buildings. The British architecture firm worked closely with former Apple chief design officer Jonathan Ive, who left the company earlier this year, on the project. Called Apple Aventura, the store is located […]

Foster + Partners’ Marseille airport plans come under scrutiny for carbon emissions

A glazed terminal building at Marseille Provence Airport designed by Foster + Partners has come under fire from France’s environmental authorities over fears it could hinder France‘s target to be carbon-neutral by 2050. The Autorité Environnementale (AE) issued a report calling on the developer Aeroport Marseille Provence (AMP) and the French state to “demonstrate the compatibility of […]

Foster + Partners to add giant “floating pavilion” to top of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans to add a large overhanging rooftop extension to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, as part of its renovation of the institution in northern Spain. The addition to the building is intended to enhance the institution’s “unique identity”, and will contain a mix of gallery spaces and public viewing platforms. […]

“What could Foster bring to social housing today?”

The fact that Norman Foster wants to start building social housing again after 40 years is a sign that a lot of it may be about to be built, says Owen Hatherley. In the 1970s Foster designed a council estate for the first and last time. Bean Hill, in Milton Keynes, was devised in the early 1970s […]

Foster + Partners Tulip tower plans nipped in the bud by mayor of London

Plans for The Tulip, a 305.3-metre-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by London‘s mayor Sadiq Khan. Khan rejected the proposal on the grounds that it would provide “very limited public benefit” to the City of London and that it was not the “world class architecture that would be required to justify its […]

Foster + Partners reveals New York City boathouse featuring zig-zag roof

Foster + Partners has unveiled plans to build a timber boathouse on Manhattan’s Harlem River for a non-profit that teaches local teens to row. The British firm designed the boathouse for Row New York on a plot on the banks of the Harlem River, located in the uppermost tip of Manhattan. “This timber boathouse will fit […]

Careers guide: Narinder Sagoo explains how he came to oversee the visual output of Foster + Partners

As head of design communication Narinder Sagoo oversees all project visualisations, from concept sketches to photo-real digital renderings at Foster + Partners. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, he discusses his appreciation of both digital and hand-drawn images. Sagoo began his career at Foster + Partners over 23 years ago, after completing his architecture studies […]

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