The world celebrated British architect and designer Norman Riber Foster is recognized as a key figure in British Modernist Architecture. He is closely associated with the development of high-tech architecture and the early adoption of energy-efficient construction techniques.
Foster Associates (Norman Foster's architectural firm) is the largest in the United Kingdom and has offices across the nation. Norman Foster Foundation was created to promote interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers, and urbanists to anticipate the future. This foundation was opened in June 2017 based in Madrid functions globally.
The only child of Robert and Lilian Foster is a "The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award" winner, along with various other awards and recognitions.
The Pritzker prize-winning architect is worldwide famous for his brilliant works and also has authored several books. In this blog, we shall discuss his top 5 projects.
1. Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, United Kingdom
The commonly referred Great Court in the United Kingdom is designed by Foster and partners and is the top one among the projects completed by him.
The Great Court is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass with the world-famous reading room inside. This space was transformed from that of a museum's inner courtyard.
2. Beijing Capital International Airport, China
Beijing Capital International Airport is one of the two main international airports serving Beijing, alongside Beijing Daxing International Airport. It is located 32 km northeast of Beijing's city center, in an enclave of Chaoyang District and the surroundings of that enclave in suburban Shunyi District.
According to the very own architect of the airport, the airport showcases the unique Chinese sense gateway of the nation speaking for its context.
It is expressed in its dragon-like form and the structure of the soaring roof is a blaze of ‘traditional’ Chinese colors – imperial reds merging into golden yellows.
3. Hearst Tower, New York, United States
It is the first "green high rise building" to be completed in New York City.
It is a wonderfully collaborated modern high-rise building with 100 years old tower-base headquarters, and in numerous ways, it can be called a skyscraper architecture. By designing the roof to collect rainwater to use in air-conditioning for the internal environment and recycling through an upside-down running system, Foster and partners pushed the eco-efficiency of this structure to a greater level.
4. Canary Wharf Tube Station, United Kingdom
Canary Wharf is a London Underground station at Canary Wharf and is on the Jubilee line, between Canada Water and North Greenwich. Canary Wharf station has become one of the busiest stations on the network, serving the ever-expanding Canary Wharf business district
5. Millau Viaduct, France
The Millau Viaduct is a multi-span cable-stayed bridge completed in 2004 across the gorge valley of the Tarn near Millau in Southern France.
The Viaduct's main claim to fame is its impressive height. It stands at 343 meters and is most famous for being the tallest bridge in the world
"It takes a lot of effort to make the building look effortless"
- Norman Foster