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 […]

Nicholas Grimshaw maintained his high-tech ideals for 50 years

We continue our high-tech architecture series with a profile of Nicholas Grimshaw, who has stayed true to his tech-tech ideals over a career spanning more than 50 years. Nicholas Grimshaw is the details man of high-tech architecture, a style that emerged in the 1960s and emphasises and celebrates structural and circulation elements. His buildings tell the story […]

Park Road Apartments is a radical housing tower clad in “ridiculous” metal

Terry Farrell and Nicholas Grimshaw built Park Road Apartments, which contained their own homes, in the 1970s. We continue our high-tech architecture series by looking at the metal-clad housing block. Working together as the Farrell Grimshaw Partnership, the architects completed the Park Road Apartments’ high-rise housing block in 1970. The pioneering building demonstrated many of the attributes of […]

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 […]

Hopkins House – a high-tech home

Hopkins House was designed by Michael and Patty Hopkins as their own home. We take a look at the lightweight steel and glass house as part of our series on high-tech architecture. Completed in 1976 in the north London suburb of Hampstead, Hopkins House was the first project designed by the husband-and-wife team. The two-storey, lightweight steel […]

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 […]

This week, high-tech architecture came back into focus

This week on Dezeen, we launched our series on high-tech architecture, which is covering the movement’s buildings and key figures over the course of the next few weeks. So far, features on the late 20th-century architectural style have included an overview of high-tech’s history and a profile of architect Richard Rogers alongside a study of what […]

Richard Rogers: high-tech’s inside-out architect

We continue our high-tech architecture series with a profile of Richard Rogers, the architect of two of the movement’s best-known inside-out buildings, Centre Pompidou and the Lloyd’s building. Inside-out is one of the most common ways of defining the buildings of Rogers – or to use a term coined by Archigram founder Michael Webb, “Bowellism”. This was […]

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 […]

Centre Pompidou: high-tech architecture’s “inside-out” landmark

Next up in our high-tech architecture series we look at the Centre Pompidou in Paris by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, the “inside-out” landmark that drew global attention to the movement. Known locally as the Beaubourg, after the area of Paris in which it is located, the Centre Pompidou is a cultural landmark that has its […]

Grimshaw’s “unapologetically futuristic” Sainsbury’s supermarket awarded heritage status

The high-tech Camden Road Sainsbury’s designed by Grimshaw, and the housing complex built alongside it, have been awarded Grade II-listed status. The Sainsbury’s in London is the first purpose-built supermarket to be awarded a place on the National Heritage List for England, which recognises architecture that should be preserved. The Camden Road Sainsbury’s is built in […]

Nicholas Grimshaw reveals 10 high-tech career highlights

High-tech pioneer Nicholas Grimshaw has stepped down as chairman of his eponymous architecture studio. In this series of movies he talks through 10 highlights that defined his five-decade career. [embedded content] Park Road Apartments, London, UK, 1970 One of Grimshaw’s earliest projects, completed while he was working in partnership with Terry Farrell, this 11-storey apartment block overlooking […]

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