Norman Foster : TOP 10 Best Buildings, Norman Foster ‘s Most Beautiful Architecture Projects
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10. EXPO Station, Singapore 1997 – 2000
Singapores Expo Station is the first Mass Rapid Transport station that visitors to the city encounter when travelling along the new Changi Airport Line.
9. Hearst Tower, New York City, New York, USA 2000 – 2006
Hearst Tower revives a dream from the 1920s, when publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst envisaged Columbus Circle as a new media quarter in Manhattan.
8. Camp Nou Stadium for FC Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 2007
FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium, one of the world’s greatest football venues, is to be extensively remodelled. The stadium, already the largest in Europe, will be enlarged to accommodate over 106,000 fans, together with extensive new facilities including hospitality and public areas. A new roof will also be created to shelter the fans. The stadium will be enclosed by a brightly coloured mosaic outer skin that wraps around the building and continues over a new roof. The multi-coloured enclosure comprises overlapping translucent tiles in the club colours. The myriad of tiles can be seen as symbolising the loyalty and devotion of FC Barcelona’s fans worldwide.
7. The Bow, Calgary, Canada 2005 – 2013
The Bow is the first phase of a mixed-use masterplan for the regeneration of two entire city blocks on the east side of Centre Street, a major axis through downtown Calgary.
6. UAE Pavilion Shanghai Expo 2010, Shanghai, China 2008 – 2010
The landscape and climate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are an elemental part of Emirati culture. The form of the UAE Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo naturally drew inspiration from the vast rolling sand dunes that are a common feature of all seven emirates. The changing light and colours of the desert were further evoked in the building’s reflective skin of gold-coloured stainless steel.
5. Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 2007
Conceived as a monument and memorial to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the UAE, the Zayed National Museum will be the centrepiece of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District and will showcase the history, culture and, more recently, the social and economic transformation of the Emirates.
4. Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan 2006 – 2010
Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan, lies in an austere eastern landscape with an inhospitable climate that can generate temperatures of -35 degrees Celsius in winter and +35 degrees in summer. The Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center is designed to provide the city with a range of civic, cultural and social amenities all sheltered within a climatic envelope – ‘a world within’ – that offers a comfortable microclimate all year round, whatever the weather.
3. Millau Viaduct, Millau, France 1993 – 2004
Bridges are often considered to belong to the realm of the engineer rather than that of the architect. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment and the Millau Viaduct, designed in close collaboration with structural engineers, illustrates how the architect can play an integral role in the design of bridges. It follows the Millennium Bridge over the River Thames in expressing a fascination with the relationship between function, technology and aesthetics in a graceful structural form.
2. City Hall, London, UK 1998 – 2002
City Hall houses the chamber for the London Assembly and the offices of the mayor and staff of the Greater London Authority. It forms the focal point of the More London development – a new working community on the south bank of the Thames between London and Tower Bridges. Occupying a strategic position on the cultural route from Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre and Southwark Cathedral to HMS Belfast and the Design Museum, More London has played a key role in the social and economic regeneration of the borough of Southwark.
1. 30 St Mary Axe, London, UK 1997 – 2004
London’s first ecological tall building and an instantly recognisable addition to the city’s skyline, this headquarters designed for Swiss Re is rooted in a radical approach − technically, architecturally, socially and spatially. Forty-one storeys high, it provides 46,400 square metres net of office space together with an arcade of shops and cafés accessed from a newly created piazza. At the summit is a club room that offers a spectacular 360-degree panorama across the capital.
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