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Foster + Partners Design a House of Wisdom for Judah's Scroll in Sharjah

13:00 - 24 April, 2019
Foster + Partners Design a House of Wisdom for Judah's Scroll in Sharjah, The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released their design for a library and cultural center alongside The Scroll, a new piece of public art by British sculptor Gerry Judah. Called the House of Wisdom, the project coincides with Sharjah being named this year’s UNESCO World Book Capital. Aiming to be a new cultural quarter in the city, the House of Wisdom was made to establish and retain connections with the outside.

The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners The Scroll at the House of Wisdom Sharjah by Gerry Judah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners House of Wisdom Sharjah to celebrate World Book Year. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 8

Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide/2018

09:00 - 24 April, 2019
Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide/2018, Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide
Architectour Guide London: The Urban Explorer's Guide

The new series of city guides for architects by Architectour brings to life the lost essence of travel and discovery. A compilation of exciting places – known and not so known – arranged in an innovative way: a continuous scenic itinerary, which is fun to follow and is full of quirks and surprises along the way. Hand-drawn sketches by architect and author Virginia Duran are the personal touch of the book, revealing the essential without spoiling what is a traveling delight: our first impression of a place.

Foster + Partners to Create Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire

13:00 - 23 April, 2019
Foster + Partners to Create Proposal for New Notre Dame Spire, Notre Dame. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0
Notre Dame. Image © Flickr user kosalabandara licensed under CC BY 2.0

Foster + Partners have joined a series of design offices that will enter the international competition to design a replacement spire for Notre Dame Cathedral. As reported by The Times, Foster has said that the new addition can be focused around "light" for the cathedral’s ruined roof. After the fire partially destroyed the iconic cathedral, France now aims to move forward with plans to renovate the iconic structure.

Architect-Designed Furniture Pieces at the 2019 Salone del Mobile

07:00 - 14 April, 2019
Architect-Designed Furniture Pieces at the 2019 Salone del Mobile , Mercuric Table - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO
Mercuric Table - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO

As the week comes to an end, Milan Design Week wraps up yet another successful year of creativity and innovation. Thousands of design companies displayed their creations to more than 200,000 visitors hailing from different countries, demographics, and career backgrounds. Although the design fair gravitated towards the world of interior design, many renowned architects participated in the week-long exhibition and joined their forces with interior and furniture design experts.

Along with the impressive collaborations that these architects created with lighting companies, take a look at how they used their expertise in forms and structures to develop unique furniture pieces.

KOR Armchair and Sofa - William Sawaya x Sawaya & Moroni. Image Courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni Volta Bench - Zaha Hadid x CITCO. Image Courtesy of Molteni&C ALESSANDRO I-II-III - William Sawaya x Sawaya & Moroni. Image Courtesy of Sawaya & Moroni Endless Side Table - Daniel Libeskind x CITCO. Image Courtesy of CITCO + 36

Foster + Partners Completes New Cleveland Health Pavilion

05:00 - 11 April, 2019
Foster + Partners Completes New Cleveland Health Pavilion, Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners' new Samson Health Pavilion celebrated its opening with a dedication ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. Designed as part of the Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University, the project features an overhead canopy that leads to a grand internal courtyard. The pavilion was made as an investment in the future of health education for Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic.

Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion. Image © Nigel Young, Foster + Partners + 6

Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying

04:00 - 4 April, 2019
Architecture is a Corporate Product - and We're All Buying, Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli
Google Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli

Architecture, unlike other aspects of culture (such as fashion or music), can only really be experienced and understood in person. For highly branded companies, designing a new building can be a prime opportunity to signal taste and values - but also creates an interesting architectural conundrum. While the buildings will be inhabited (nearly 24/7) by company employees, they’re also very much populated by the imaginations of people across the globe. What is it like to be in these places?

© Nigel Young. ImageThe Bloomberg Headquarters in London © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple . ImageRendering of the Apple Campus in Palo Alto Google's new King's Cross campus, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios. Image Courtesy of Google Google Tel Aviv. Image © Itay Sikolski + 10

Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower Gains Approval in London

11:00 - 3 April, 2019
Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower Gains Approval in London, © DBOX for Foster + Partners
© DBOX for Foster + Partners

The Foster + Partners-designed Tulip skyscraper in London just took a major step towards realization with an endorsement by planning officials. A report by the City Corporation’s chief planning officer had said that the scheme would give London “a new iconic building” with a “bold and striking” form. The 1000-foot-tall (305-meter-tall) scheme would sit adjacent to The Gherkin: one of Foster’s and London’s most iconic structures.

Officials were particularly convinced by the scheme’s proposed education facility, operated by building owners J. Safra Group giving 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children, and featuring “an unparalleled vantage point to view London from a height of around 300 meters.” Approving the scheme, the City of London Corporation's planning committee stated their belief that the scheme would boost the area's economy.

© DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners © DBOX for Foster + Partners + 6

Foster + Partners Design Open-Air Office Tower for Taipei

05:00 - 26 February, 2019
Foster + Partners Design Open-Air Office Tower for Taipei, Goldsun HQ. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Goldsun HQ. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners revealed their design for a new mixed-use office tower in Taipei. Created for the Goldsun Group, the headquarters building recently received planning approval from city councill The high-rise office block will replace the existing Goldsun factory and create a new mixed-use typology for the city. The tower was formed with a series of blocks around a central courtyard that becomes the heart of the open-air concept.

Foster's Norton Museum Expansion Celebrates Grand Opening

03:00 - 4 February, 2019
Foster's Norton Museum Expansion Celebrates Grand Opening, Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young
Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young

The new Norton Museum of Art expansion by Foster + Partners will celebrate its grand opening this weekend in West Palm Beach, Florida. Two years after the ceremonial groundbreaking, the museum will open its doors to the public and showcase a new street frontage with a transparent entrance lobby. The plan preserves the institution's original 1941 east wing and the logic of architect Marion Sims Wyeth's initial plan. The project aimed to transform the existing buildings into a world-class cultural destination within a sub-tropical garden.

Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young Norton Museum Expansion. Image © Nigel Young + 7

These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings

04:00 - 24 January, 2019
These Are the World’s 25 Tallest Buildings, © Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM
© Marshall Gerometta/CTBUH; © zjaaosldk, bajo licencia CC0; © Carsten Schael; © K11 / New World Development; © © Ferox Seneca, bajo licencia CC BY 3.0; imagen cortesía de SOM

Humanity has become obsessed with breaking its limits, creating new records only to break them again and again. In fact, our cities’ skylines have always been defined by those in power during every period in history. At one point churches left their mark, followed by public institutions and in the last few decades, it's commercial skyscrapers that continue to stretch taller and taller. 

But when it comes to defining which buildings are the tallest it can get complicated. Do antennas and other gadgets on top of the building count as extra meters? What happens if the last floor is uninhabitable? The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has developed their own system for classifying tall buildings, measuring from the “level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment.” Using this system more than 3,400 buildings have been categorized as over 150 meters tall.

Five Designs for Chicago’s O’Hare Global Terminal go to Public Vote

05:00 - 18 January, 2019
Five Designs for Chicago’s O’Hare Global Terminal go to Public Vote, O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Foster Epstein Moreno
O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Foster Epstein Moreno

Five design teams have been selected to present their ideas for the Chicago O'Hare Airport Global Terminal and Global Concourse expansion. The designs are on display at an exhibition opened by Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago Architecture Center. Teams include Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza, Foster Epstein Moreno, Studio ORD, SOM and Santiago Calatrava. Known as O’Hare 21, the project represents O’Hare’s first major overhaul in 25 years.

O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Studio ORD O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of SOM O'Hare International Airport expansion. Image Courtesy of Fentress-EXP-Brook-Garza + 6

Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England

13:00 - 15 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Plan Automotive Museum on Disused Airfield in Rural England, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners have released images of their proposed Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield, now submitted for planning permission. Intended as a “world-class automotive museum in the heart of the British countryside” the scheme will rehabilitate a disused airfield to support a growing community of classic automobile collectors.

Designed as a collection of buildings arranged in a crescent, the museum draws inspiration from the concept of a rural estate, with a journey through a carefully-considered landscape towards a main focal building. As well as reflecting on the history of the automobile industry over the last century, the scheme will house an open-ended collection charting the future of mobility.  

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers

09:00 - 3 January, 2019
Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers, China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen. The soaring 350-meter tower, intended to house the bank’s 13,000-strong workforce, will be complemented by a sister tower 180 meters in height, containing a luxury hotel and mixed-use office, cultural, and retail spaces.

The taller office tower is comprised of large-span column-free floorplates supported by offset cores at either side. A glazed façade has been shaped to avoid downdrafts, thus making the surrounding open spaces on the ground floor more comfortable for the public. 

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 5

Apple is Building a $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas

11:00 - 29 December, 2018
Apple is Building a $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Texas, Apple opened its Foster + Partners-designed campus in California in 2017. Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple
Apple opened its Foster + Partners-designed campus in California in 2017. Image © Foster + Partners, ARUP, Kier + Wright, Apple

Tech giant Apple has announced plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin Texas, along with smaller facilities in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City. The Austin plans, images of which have not been released, will see the creation of at least 5,000 jobs in the Southwestern city as house prices in the San Francisco Bay area begin to discourage creatives from Silicon Valley.

Apple had announced plans for a second U.S. headquarters at the beginning of the year, as part of a $30 billion investment strategy. In 2017, it opened the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Park, pictured above.

Sugar, Splice, and All Things Iced: Fosters and ZHA Create a Gingerbread Paradise

11:00 - 27 December, 2018
Sugar, Splice, and All Things Iced: Fosters and ZHA Create a Gingerbread Paradise, © Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture
© Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture

Leading London firms including Foster + Partners and Zaha Hadid Architects have joined together in festive spirit to create over 60 miniature gingerbread structures, forming a miniature edible city. The Gingerbread City baking initiative, curated by the London Museum of Architecture, will be on display in the Victoria & Albert Museum until January 6th, assuming it hasn’t been devoured.

As reported by The Daily Mail, the sugar-fueled city includes futuristic tower blocks, sports facilities, and a modern homeless shelter by Holland Harvey Architects. The architectural delights have been created using a mix of sweet ingredients including liquorice, Jelly Babies, and icing.

© Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture © Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture © Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture © Luke Hayes via the Museum of Architecture + 6

Foster + Partners Design a "Glittering" Stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup

11:00 - 18 December, 2018
Foster + Partners Design a "Glittering" Stadium for Qatar's 2022 World Cup, © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
© Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

The organizers behind the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup have released new images of the Foster + Partners-designed Lusail Stadium. Merging contemporary and historical influences, the “sleek, bold shape” of the arena is inspired by the bowls and vessels used in the Middle East across centuries.

Foster + Partners were chosen for the scheme’s design in 2015, ahead of David Chipperfield Architects, Mossessian & Partners and Mangera Yvars Architects. Located in Lusail City, 15 kilometers north of Doha, the 80,000-seat stadium will host the opening ceremony and final match of one of the world’s biggest sporting occasions.

© Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy © Foster + Partners / Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy + 11

Foster + Partners' Tulip Towers Could Pose Risks to Air Traffic Control

14:00 - 15 December, 2018
Foster + Partners' Tulip Towers Could Pose Risks to Air Traffic Control , Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners
Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners

Blossoming alongside the iconic Gherkin building, Foster + Partners' Tulip Tower has been planning to join London's skyline since they released their proposal earlier in November. However, construction of the1,000-foot tower has been halted until officials can determine its impact on aircraft radar systems at London City airport, six miles away. Featuring mobile gondolas in the form of three-meter wide glass spheres intended for visitor rides on an elliptical journey around the tower, the proposed viewing platform is potentially highly problematic.

Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners Courtesy of DBOX for Foster + Partners + 6