Norman Foster (architect)
|The Lord Foster of Thames Bank|
|Name||The Lord Foster of Thames Bank|
|Birth date||1 June 1935|
|Birth place||Stockport, Cheshire, England|
|Practice||Foster + Partners|
|Buildings||30 St Mary Axe, London
|Projects||American Air Museum at the Imperial War Museum Duxford|
|Awards||Stirling Prize, Pritzker Architecture Prize, Minerva Medal, Prince of Asturias Award|
Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM, FRIBA, FCSD, RDI (born 1 June 1935) is an English architect. His company has an international design practice. He is the United Kingdom's biggest builder of landmark office buildings. In 2009 Foster was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category.
Biography[change | edit source]
Foster was born in Reddish, Stockport, England, into a working-class family. He was raised in Levenshulme, Manchester. He did well at school and became interested in architecture. Foster was particularly interested in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier.
He left school at 16 and worked in the Manchester City Treasurer's office. Next he joined the National Service in the Royal Air Force. After he was discharged, in 1956 Foster attended the University of Manchester's School of Architecture and City Planning. He graduated in 1961. Later, Foster won the Henry Fellowship to the Yale School of Architecture, where he earned his Master's degree Foster also met Richard Rogers at Yale. He then travelled in America for a year. He returned to the UK in 1963. Then he set up an architectural practice as Team 4 with Rogers and the sisters Georgie and Wendy Cheesman. Georgie (later Wolton) was the only one of the team that had passed her RIBA exams. This allowed them to set up in practice on their own. Team 4 quickly earned a reputation for high-tech industrial design.
Foster and Partners[change | edit source]
After Team 4 broke up, in 1967 Foster and Wendy Cheesman started Foster Associates. This later became Foster and Partners. From 1968, Foster worked with American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller until Fuller died in 1983. They worked on several projects that became important in the development of an environmentally sensitive approach to design. This included the Samuel Beckett Theatre project.
Foster + Partners' first important building in the UK was the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarters in Ipswich, from 1974. The client was a family firm insurance company which wanted to restore a sense of community to the workplace. Foster created open-plan office floors long before open-plan became the standard. In a town that did not have a lot of public facilities, the roof gardens, 25m swimming pool and gymnasium are good benefits for the company's 1,200 employees. The building is wrapped in a full-height glass facade. This wall follows the medieval street plan. The facade shifts from opaque, reflective black to a glowing backlit transparency as the sun sets.
Present day[change | edit source]
Today, Foster + Partners works with its engineers to use computer systems. They pay attention to basic physical laws such as convection. They have created efficient buildings like the Swiss Re London headquarters. The walls let in air for passive cooling and then let it out as it warms and rises.
In January 2007, The Sunday Times reported that Foster had called in Catalyst, a corporate finance house, to find buyers for Foster + Partners. Foster does not want to retire, but wants to sell his 80-90% holding in the company valued at £300M to £500M.
Foster is a member of the Board of Trustees for the architectural charity Article 25. They design, construct and manage safe, sustainable buildings in dangerous parts of the world. He has also been on the Board of Trustees of The Architecture Foundation. The reason for his wealth is he receives 15% of the building cost.
Recognition[change | edit source]
Foster was knighted in 1990 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1997. In 1999, he was created a life peer, as Baron Foster of Thames Bank, of Reddish in the County of Greater Manchester. He is a Crossbencher.
It was announced in January 2008 that Foster was to be awarded an honorary degree from the Dundee School of Architecture at the University of Dundee. In 2009 Foster was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award in the category Arts.
Personal life[change | edit source]
Foster married business partner Wendy Cheesman. She died in 1989, leaving him with four sons. He next married Indian-born Begum Sabiha Rumani Malik. Sabiha was married to Andrew Knight when she and Foster met. Knight was Chairman of News International. Foster and Sabiha divorced in 1998. Foster is now married to Elena Ochoa, Chairman of the Tate International Council, and founder of Ivory Press. He has five children and three grandchildren.
Foster flies his own private jet and helicopter between his homes in London, France, and Switzerland.
Selected projects[change | edit source]
Foster has established an extremely prolific career in the span of four decades. The following are some of his major constructions:
Proposed or under construction[change | edit source]
- Florence TAV Station, Florence, Italy (2003-2010)
- Palmer Tompkinson Building, Longslade 2012
- South Beach, Singapore, Singapore, 2012
- APIIC Tower, Hyderabad, India (2007-2020)
- Torre Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain (2004-2008)
- Black Sea Gardens, Byala, Bulgaria (2008)
- Tower, Cork, Republic of Ireland, (2008-2011)
- Culture and Leisure Centre, Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, Alcañiz, Spain (2007) (competition won)
- Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010) (competition won)
- Museum of Aviation, Getafe, Spain (currently in design phase)
- 200 Greenwich Street, Tower 2 of the planned reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York City, United States (currently in design phase)
- Reconstruction of New Holland Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia (ongoing)
- Russia Tower, Moscow, Russia (2007 – 2011)
- U2 Tower, Dublin, Ireland (2008-2011) (competition won)
- Spinningfield Square, Manchester, UK (2005 – 2010)
- Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas, United States (2009)
- The Bow, Calgary, Canada (2007-2011)
- Jameson House, Vancouver, Canada
- The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2004 – 2009)
- Queen's Dock, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland (2004 – 2007)
- Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Middlesex Guildhall, London, United Kingdom (2009)
- Khan Shatyry in Astana, Kazakhstan.
- Masdar City, Abu Dhabi (2007-2023)
- New Yale School of Management campus, New Haven, CT (announced September 4, 2007)
- Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona, Spain (announced 18 September 2007)
- Crystal Island, Moscow, Russia
- Zagreb Airport, Zagreb, Croatia
- Hermitage Plaza, Paris (La Défense), France (2010-2014)
- Dubai Towers, Melbourne (TBD)
- Saqqara,San Pedro Garza García, Mexico (Under Construction)
Completed[change | edit source]
- 1970–1971, IBM Pilot Head Office, Cosham, Portsmouth, UK
- 1971–1975, Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich, UK
- 1974–1978, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
- 1983, Renault Distribution Centre, Swindon, United Kingdom
- 1979–1986, HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong
- 1981-1991, Terminal building at London Stansted Airport, UK View on the map
- 1992, Torre de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain
- 1984-1993, Carré d'Art, Nîmes, France View on the map
- 1993, Kings Norton Library, Cranfield University, UK
- 1993, Lycée Albert Camus, Fréjus, France
- 1994, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
- 1988–1995, Metro of Bilbao, Spain
- 1995, Faculty of Law, Cambridge
- 1995–1997, The Clyde Auditorium, part of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland
- 1991–1997, Commerzbank Tower, Frankfurt, Germany
- 1992–1998, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong
- 1993–1998, Valencia Congress Centre, Valencia, Spain View on the map
- 1999, Redevelopment of the Great Court of the British Museum, London, United Kingdom
- 1999, Department of Economics, Manor Road Building, University of Oxford, UK
- 1999, Reichstag Building restoration, Berlin, Germany
- 2000, Greater London Authority Building (London City Hall), London, United Kingdom View on the map
- 1996–2000, Millennium Bridge, London, United Kingdom View on the map
- 2000, Center for Clinical Science Research, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
- 2001, Expo MRT Station, Singapore
- 2001, Al Faisaliyah Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- 2001, La Poterie metro station, Rennes, France
- 2001, J Sainsbury headquarters, Holborn Circus, London
- 1999–2001, Lionel Robbins Building renovation, British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom
- 2002, 8 Canada Square (HSBC Group Head Office), London
- 1997–2003, Metropolitan Building in Warsaw
- 2003, Clark Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
- 2003, Universiti Teknologi Petronas main campus, Malaysia
- 1997-2004, 30 St Mary Axe, Swiss Re London headquarters, London, United Kingdom View on the map
- 2004, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK
- 2004, McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, United Kingdom
- 2004, Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London
- 2004, The Millau Viaduct, near Millau, France
- 2005, Western Årsta Bridge, Stockholm
- 2005, 40 luxury apartments, St. Moritz, Switzerland
- 2005, National Police Memorial, The Mall, London, United Kingdom
- 2005, The Philological Library at the Free University of Berlin, Germany
- 2005, Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney, Australia (the first Sir Norman Foster building in the Southern Hemisphere)
- 2002-2006, Dresden Hauptbahnhof reconstruction, Dresden, Germany
- 2006, Hearst Tower, New York City, United States
- 2006, The Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building at the University of Toronto, Canada
- 2006, Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, Astana, Kazakhstan
- 2002-2007, Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom
- 2004-2007, The Willis Building, City of London, United Kingdom
- 2005–2007, Thomas Deacon Academy
- 2004–2007, Kogod Courtyard, Center for American Art and Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
- 2007, International Terminal, Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing, China
- 2006–2008, Lumiere residences, Sydney, Australia
- 2006–2008, John Spoor Broome Library, California State University Channel Islands.
- 2007–2008, New Elephant House, Copenhagen Zoo, Copenhagen, Denmark
|Some buildings by Norman Foster|
Non-architectural projects[change | edit source]
Other pages[change | edit source]
References[change | edit source]
- Chris Roberts, Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind Rhyme, Thorndike Press,2006 (ISBN 0-7862-8517-6)
- Files on Academicians held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London
- Foster puts £500m firm up for sale
- Announcement of Foster's introduction at the House of Lords
- Pritzker Architecture Prize, "Norman Foster, 1999 Laureate"; retrieved 2013-3-27.
- "The Tenth Award Cycle 2005-2007". The Aga Khan Development Network. http://www.akdn.org/akaa_award10.asp. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
- "Petronas University of Technology receives 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture". Foster + Partners. 2007-04-09. http://www.fosterandpartners.com/News/302/Default.aspx. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
- "Barcelona chooses Norman Foster to remodel Camp Nou stadium". International Herald Tribune. September 18, 2007. http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/09/18/sports/EU-SPT-SOC-Barcelona-Stadium.php.
- Gourlay, Chris; Watts, Robert (2007-12-23). "Foster plans worlds biggest building". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article3087365.ece. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- Inhabitat » World’s Biggest Building Coming to Moscow: Crystal Island
- The results of the international urban-architectural competition for the new passenger terminal airport Zagreb.
- Hearst Tower, New York City
- University of Toronto Capital Projects
- TIME Europe magazine
- Foster + Partners
- Foster + Partners
Other websites[change | edit source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Foster and Partners|
- Foster and Partners
- Bio at the Pritzker Prize
- Lord Norman Robert Foster information at Structurae
- Interview with Norman Foster(video)
- Foster's projects on the map, Gauardian gallery of 16 projects
- Building "The Gherkin" (film)
- A (video) tour of the Clark Center
- Norman Foster's building Valencia Conference Centre
- Foster and Partners Projects in the Middle East
- TED Talks: Norman Foster's green agenda at TED in 2007
- Foster chosen for iconic redevelopment Mikhail Bode, Russia Beyond the Headlines 18 December 2007