Foster + Partners:
Improving The Quality Of Life Around The Globe
Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, engineering, urbanism, and industrial design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. Since then, he, and the team around him, have established an international practice with a worldwide reputation. With offices across the globe, they work as a single studio that is both ethnically and culturally diverse. The principles of sustainability are integral to their work: designing buildings that run at a fraction of the current energy requirements, or urban quarters that can support thriving communities, improving the quality of life in a city for all. Check a few projects below with us!
The practice’s first office building in Russia, the RCC Headquarters in Ekaterinburg reimagines the conventional cellular office to set new standards in quality, comfort, and flexibility. The 15-story building’s innovative modular office units are enveloped in an energy-efficient enclosure, which provides a distinctive symbol for the organization.
SOUTH QUAY PLAZA
One of the most recent projects, the South Quay Plaza is a tall residential tower in London. The goal was to transform the surroundings, opening up 60% of the space to public use, with the creation of new pedestrian routes. The project includes a double-height pool, community and children’s space, and fitness center and spa.
TOCUMEN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Panama has a new airport: The new Tocumen International Airport was created to increase the capacity available while reflecting the Panamanian landscape to welcome visitors and set the mood for their stay. The interior counts with warm colors and metallic tones of the roof and it was all designed to minimize connection times.
In the heart of FinancialPlaza in Riyadh’s new King Abdullah Financial District, you’ll find this amazing diamond-shaped tower. With one million square feet of office accommodation, the building also connects to the district-wide mall through the basement retail levels.
ICD BROOKFIELD PLACE
ICD Brookfield Place is an office and retail development located in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre district (DIFC). The mixed-use development includes a 53-story tower featuring world-class workspaces, set within an urban setting that celebrates its location and makes a positive change to the area around it.
EDMOND AND LILY SAFRA CENTER FOR BRAIN SCIENCES
The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a pioneering research facility for the scientific exploration of the brain. Physically, the building acts as a gateway between the university campus and the city – its dynamic social spaces and laboratory facilities are designed to attract exceptional scientists, as well as to foster an interest in the center’s research activities within the wider community.
Building on the successful partnership developed during the Hankook Technodome project – the company’s integrated R&D center in Daejeon – Foster + Partners was asked to design Hankook’s new headquarters in Pangyo, on the outskirts of Seoul. The new building embraces several themes that are symbolic of Hankook’s desire to create a dynamic office environment that supports flexible working styles, as the company looks toward the future. The building serves as a catalyst for change for the company’s ongoing efforts to inculcate a progressive corporate culture.
APPLE MARINA BAY SANDS
Apple Marina Bay Sands is set to be a distinctive presence on the bay, with a 30-meter diameter dome that is a contemporary interpretation of the geodesic dome, using minimal material to enclose the maximum space. Imagined as a clear bubble in the water, it references the sister pavilion through its materiality and site. It is fully glazed, with a black glass base, creating an island joined only by a small bridge.
HOUSE OF WISDOM
Long considered primarily as repositories for books and periodicals, the role of libraries in the life of contemporary communities is set to be reimagined for the 21st century. The House of Wisdom conceptualizes the library as a social hub for learning, supported by innovation and technology. Celebrating Sharjah as the 2019 UNESCO World Book Capital, the building creates a new publishing and research-based institution that seeks to be the catalyst for a new cultural quarter in the city.
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