Crystal Palace was “birth of modern architecture” says Norman Foster

British architect Norman Foster has revealed that if he could visit any building from history, it would be Crystal Palace, which he cites as a major influence on high-tech architecture. Speaking to Dezeen during an interview for our high-tech architecture series, Foster explained that the modular iron and glass building designed by Joseph Paxton would […]

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 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 […]

Four key projects by high-tech architecture practice Team 4

As Team 4, Su Brumwell, Richard Rogers, Wendy Cheesman and Norman Foster began to develop high-tech architecture. Continuing our series on the style we look at four key projects. Yale School of Architecture graduates Rogers, Brumwell, Foster and Cheesman – along with Cheesman’s sister Georgie Wolton, who was the only qualified architect in the group but […]

Norman Foster: high-tech architecture’s international figurehead

We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at Norman Foster, the architect of high-tech highlights for five decades including Reliance Controls in the 1960s, the Sainsbury Centre in the 1970s, HSBC in the 1980s, Stanstead Airport in the 1990s and the Gherkin in the 2000s. For all its radical concepts and early experiments, high-tech architecture‘s […]

Reliance Controls factory by Team 4 was a “democratic pavilion”

Continuing our high-tech architecture series we look at Reliance Controls, the last building that two of the giants of high-tech architecture – Richard Rogers and Norman Foster – designed together at Team 4. Completed in 1967, the small factory and office in Swindon was the first high-tech industrial building. It was the final building designed by Team […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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