Com uma imensa e justa quantidade de premiações recebidas, Sir Norman Foster, tem um dos melhores portfolios de arquitetura do mundo. Suas obras são funcionais, bem implantadas e com uma beleza única, tirando partido das geniais e detalhadas estruturas utilizadas, chegam a um resultado final perfeitamente equilibrado.

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Photos via: fosterandpartners.com.

Nascido no dia 1° de Junho de 1935 na cidade de Reddish, Inglaterra. Aos 16 anos saiu da escola e foi trabalhar no Manchester City Treasurer’s Office, antes de se juntar ao Serviço Nacional na Royal Air Force. Em 1956 entrou na Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning se formando em 1961.

Ganhou o Henry Fellowship na Yale School of Architecture onde conheceu Richard Rogers que acabaria por ser seu parceiro de negócios, e de lá também saiu com seu diploma de Mestrado. Após isso viajou por um ano pleos Estados Unidos voltando para o Reino Unido em 1963.

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster
StockleyPark Offices, Uxbridge, UK

Influences

Sempre foi um aluno exemplar e que eram notáveis suas aptidões e dom para a arquitetura. Porém sempre sofreu a influência dos arquitetos Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe e Le Corbusier.

Após seu retorono da America, Norman Foster abriu uma sociedade com Richard Rogers e as irmãs Georgie and Wendy Cheesman, chamados de Team 4. Rapidamente ganharam a reputação de design industrial high-tech. Em 1967, formou com Wendy o escritório Fosters Associates que logo se tranformou no Fosters and Partners. Um ano depois começou uma longa parceria com o arquiteto americano Richard Buckminster Fuller, que só terminou com a morte de Fuller em 1983.

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, UK

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Hong Kong and Shangai Bank Headquarters, Hong Kong, China

“ My mission is to create a structure that is sensitive to the culture and climate of its place..”

Works

O projeto que gerou o primeiro grande reconhecimento ao escritório Foster and Partners foi o Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters em Ipswich no ano de 1974.

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Architect Day: Norman Foster
Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters, Ipswich, UK

Hoje em dia, o escritório Foster and Partners, trabalha com coloboradores da engenharia para integrar os complexos sistemas de computadores com as mais básicas leis da física. Isto permite criar e desenvolver estruturas complexas, originais e desafiadoras, claramente vistas em algumas de suas obras.

A carreira de Foster já conta com mais de 470 prêmios e citações por excelência e já ganhou mais de 86 concursos nacionais e internacionais. Em 1990 foi condecorado na Quuen’s Birthday Honours e em 1997 se tonrou, através da honraria, o Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

“Control is the wrong word. The practice is very much about sharing, and, in any creative practice, some individuals, whether partners or directors, are much closer to certain projects than I could ever be.”

Stansted Airport, Stansted, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Sackler Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Riverside Apartments and Studio, London, United Kingdom

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Albion Riverside, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

House in Japan, Tokyo, Japan

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Crescent Wing Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Cranfield University Library, Cranfield, United Kingdom

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Century Tower, Tokyo, Japan

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Carré d´Art, Nimes, France

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Business Promotion Centre, Duisburg, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Bilbao Metro, Bilbao, Spain

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

American Air Museum, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Faculty of Law, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Architect Day: Norman Foster

Expo Station, Singapore

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Essen Design Centre, Essen, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Eletronic Arts European Headquarters, Chertsey, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Duisburg Housing, Duisburg, Germany

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Deutsche Bank Place, Sydney, Australia

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Clark Center, Stanford, USA

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City Hall, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Swiss Re HQ, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong, China

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Canary Wharf Undeground Station, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Addition to Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, USA

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Al Faisaliah Complex, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Chesa Futura, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Centrica, Scottish Gas HQ, Edinburgh, Scotland

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Capital City Academy, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Wembley Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Millennium Bridge, London, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Camp Nou Stadium for FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

California State University Channel Islands, Camarrillo, USA

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Budenberg Haus, Manchester, United Kingdom

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Boulogne Billancourt, Paris, France

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Beijing Airport, Beijing, China

Architect Day: Norman Foster

Architect Day: Norman Foster

O escritório Foster + Partners está com uma extensa lista de grandes projetos em desenvolvimento, abaixo estão alguns deles.

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Riva Hotel, London, UK

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Kazakhstan

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Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA

Architect Day: Norman Foster
National Arena Scotland, Glasgow

Architect Day: Norman Foster
Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan

About the author of this post

My name is Marcelo Seferin, I’m an architect from Porto Alegre, Brazil and I’m the chief architect at Seferin Arquitetura, an office that works with architecture, interior design and sustainability projects.