Norman Foster gained fame in the early 1970s as the architect of the Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters , in Ipswich, England—an eco-friendly, open-plan building that was radical for its time. He has since built more than 250 works, from the Swiss Re (Gherkin) tower in London to the Beijing Airport ; won many of the world’s top architectural prizes; and been appointed a British knight and life peer. The founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, he oversees 15 offices with 1,000 employees working on projects in 40 countries, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech architecture.
Recognized as one of the world’s great architects, Norman Foster (born 1935) is known for his complementary yet ultra-modern redesigns of classic buildings and for his simple, streamlined new structures. Called the “hero of high-tech,” his architectural signature is a design that opens a building up to the public, is mindful of the environment. From Lord Norman Foster’s global architectural empire, we are only showing a few landmarks from his extraordinary works here, that not including the $5 billion dollar new Apple campus in Cupertino, California under construction.
30 St Mary Axe in London
London’s first ecological tall building and an instantly recognisable addition to the city’s skyline, this headquarters designed for Swiss Re is rooted in a radical approach − technically, architecturally, socially and spatially.
Tower at World Trade Centre in New York
A key component in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, this seventy-nine-storey building at 200 Greenwich Street continues the practice’s investigations into the nature of the office tower.
HSBC Building in Hong Kong
Conceived during a sensitive period in the former colony’s history, the brief for the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters was a statement of confidence: to create ‘the best bank building in the world’.
Jameson House Building in Vancouver Downtown
Jameson House is Norman foster’s first North American residential tower project, and it is meant to redefine luxury and style in residential tower construction. Only the finest finishing from Germany, United Kingdom and USA have been used in construction.
Feana House in Miami Beach
Faena House is the latest addition to the stretch of luxury apartments, hotels and resorts along Miami Beach in Florida.
London City Hall
City Hall houses the chamber for the London Assembly and the offices of the mayor and staff of the Greater London Authority. It forms the focal point of the More London development – a new working community on the south bank of the Thames between London and Tower Bridges.
New German Parliament
New German Parliament is an established Berlin landmark. Symbolic of rebirth, it also drives the building’s natural lighting and ventilation strategies. At its core is a ‘light sculptor’ that reflects horizon light down into the chamber, while a sun-shield tracks the path of the sun to block solar gain and glare. As night falls, this process is reversed – the cupola becomes a beacon on the skyline, signalling the vigour of the German democratic process.
Millennium Bridge over the River Thames in expressing a fascination with the relationship between function, technology and aesthetics in a graceful structural form.
Millau Viaduct bridge
Millau Viaduct bridge crosses the River Tarn，has the highest pylons in the world, the highest road bridge deck in Europe, and it superceded the Eiffel Tower as the tallest structure in France.
Chek Lap Kok Airport
Chek Lap Kok is one of the world’s largest and most advanced airports.
Completed in 1998 as Hong Kong’s sole air terminal, by 2040 it is expected to handle eighty million passengers per annum-the equivalent of London’s Heathrow and New York’s JFK airports combined.
Completed as the gateway to the city for the twenty-ninth Olympiad in 2008, Beijing’s international terminal is the world’s largest and most advanced airport building − not only technologically, but also in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and sustainability.
Norman foster has collaborated with one German companies – Duravit to design a bathroom suite with a fully complementary range of sanitary ware, furniture, taps and accessories, which provides cohesive interiors for domestic and commercial bathrooms.
Dada – Place Kitchen
Norman foster began as an exploration into what happens around a kitchen table. More than simply a place to prepare food, the modern kitchen has become the social focus of the house, an informal space where people gather, socialise, eat and work. The form of the Dada italy Place kitchen was generated by this variety of activities and a desire to bring a new level of sophistication to the manufacture of this type of furniture.
Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the European Space Agency to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations.