Norman Robert Foster, BaronFoster of Thames Bank,(born 1 June 1935) is a Britisharchitect whose companymaintains an internationaldesign practice. He isBritains most prolific builderof landmark office buildings. In2009 Foster was awardedthe Prince of AsturiasAward in the Arts category.
Foster was born in Reddish, Stockport, England, to a working-class family. Leaving school at 16, he worked in the Manchester City Treasurers office before joining National Service in the Royal Air Forces. After he was discharged, in 1956 Foster attended the University of Manchesters School of Architecture and City Planning (graduating in 1961). He took an interest in the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer. He won the Henry Fellowship to the Yale School of Architecture, where he met future business partner Richard Rogers andearned his Masters degree. He then traveled in America for a year, returning to the UKin 1963 where he set up an architectural practice as Team 4 with Rogers and the sistersGeorgie and Wendy Cheesman. Georgie was the only one of the team that had passed herRIBA exams allowing them to set up in practice on their own. Team 4 quickly earned areputation for high-tech industrial design.
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an art gallery and museum located on the campus of the University of East Anglia,Norwich in the United Kingdom. It ishoused in one of the first major publicbuildings to be designed by Norman Foster.
Commerzbank Tower, located in the city centre of Frankfurt,Germany, is the tallest building inthe European Union. The signal lighton top of the tower gives the tower atotal height of 300.1 metres (985 ft).
The Millennium Bridge, officially known as the London Millennium Footbridge, is a steel suspension bridge for pedestrians crossing the River Thames in London,linking Bank side with the City. It is located between South walk Bridge (downstream) and Black friars Railway Bridge(upstream).
Wembley Stadium (often referred to simply as Wembley, or sometimes as theNew Wembley, to differentiate it from the former stadium on the same site) isa football stadium located in Wembley Park, in the London Borough ofBrent, England, which opened in 2007 on the site of the previous 1923structure. The 90,000 capacity venue is the second largest stadium inEurope, and serves as Englands national stadium.
The Sage Gateshead is a centre for musical education,performances and conferences, located inGateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne, in the north-eastof England.It opened in 2004.
The McLaren TechnologyCentre is the headquartersof the McLaren Group,located on site in Woking,United Kingdom.
Hearst Tower in New York City, New York islocated at 300 West 57th Street, 9598th Avenue, near Columbus Circlein Midtown Manhattan. It is the worldHeadquarters of the Hearst Corporation,bringing together for the first time theirnumerous publications and communicationscompanies under one roof, Includingamong others Cosmopolitan, Esquire,Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, GoodHousekeeping, Seventeen, and theSan Francisco Chronicle.
The Willis Building at 51 LimeStreet, is a large office towerin Londons main financialdistrict, the City of London.
The Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (also translated as the Pyramid of Peace and Accord) is a 77 m high building in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.The Pyramid was specially constructed tohost the Congress of Leaders of World andTraditional Religions.
The Russia Tower is a partially built"Super-tall skyscraper", in the MoscowInternational Business Centre , Russia.Construction began in September, 2007,and was planned to be completed in 2012.
Deutsche Bank Place is a 240 m(790 ft) skyscraper in Sydney,New South Wales, Australia.It is located at 126 Phillip Street(corner of Hunter Street) in thenorth-eastern end of the Centralbusiness district, across the roadfrom Chifley Tower. This buildingis the second-tallest Building in theworld with fewer than 40 floors.
The BundestagThe building was made safe against the elements and partiallyrefurbished in the 1960s, but no attempt at full restoration wasmade until after the reunification of Germany on October3, 1990, when it underwentreconstruction led byinternationally well-knownarchitect Norman Foster.After its completion in 1999,it became the meeting placeof the modern Germanparliament, the Bundestag.
Crystal Island is a proposed building project in Moscow, Russia that is currently planned to have around 2,500,000 square metres (27,000,000 square feet) of floor space and a height of 450 metres (1,476 ft) designed by Norman Foster. At thesedimensions upon completion it would be the largest structure (in floorspace) on earth. The tent-like superstructure would rise to 450m, andform a breathable "second skin" and thermal buffer for the mainbuilding, shielding the interior spaces from Moscow’s weather. Thissecond skin will be sealed in winter to minimise heat loss, and openedin the summer to naturally cool the interior. The building would beintegrated into a new park, which would provide a range of activitiesthroughout the year, with cross country skiing and ice skating in the winter.
Two World Trade Center, also knownby its street address, 200 GreenwichStreet, is a new office building underconstruction as part of the World TradeCenterreconstruction in New York City. Whencompleted, the tower will be located on theeast side of Greenwich Street, across thestreet from the original location of the TwinTowers that were destroyed duringthe September 11, 2001 attacks.
South Beach is planned acommercial and residentialcomplex to be locatedon Beach Road in theDowntown Core of Singapore.The new development willcomprise offices, two hotels,shops and residences. Theproject includes the restorationof four conservation buildings -the former Non-CommissionedOfficers (NCO) Club buildingand part of the former BeachRoad Camp. The complex isscheduled for completion in2012.