Norman Foster was born in Cheshire in 1935. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Manchester, England. They were quite poor. His studies began in the UK and ended in the US. Upon his return to the UK he set up Team 4, a company which quickly earned an international reputation for its high-tech industrial design. He is one of the UK’s most prolific architects. Foster was knighted in 1990, appointed to the Order of Merit, and elevated to the level of peerage in 1999. Foster has earned too many awards to mention here. As it was in 1967, the average age in his firm is 32; Foster likes to attract young blood. Archdaily states that if Foster was a household item, he’d be a swiss army knife.
Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters 1975
One of Foster’s earlier buildings. Now a landmark of the High Tech architecture style.
HSBC Main Building, Hong Kong, 1985
The most important factor in its construction is the lack of internal supporting structure.
Reichstag Building Dome, Berlin, Germany, 1999
The original design did not include this now iconic done.
City Hall, London, England, 2002
The building has a bulbous shape designed to reduce it’s foot print and increase its energy efficiency. Built with much glass, its assembly chamber can be seen from outside – symbolic of transparency in government.
30 St Mary Axe, London, England, 2004
Known as the Gherkin it is one of London’s most recognized examples of contemporary architecture.
Millau Viaduct, Millau, France, 2004
The tallest bridge in the world. It is the result of a Franco-British partnership.
Hearst Tower, NYC, 2006
At 300 West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan is the headquarters of Hearst Communications.
Wembley Stadium, London, England, 2007
Created in a manner to honour the past but clearly designed with the future in mind.
Torre Cepsa, Madrid, Spain, 2009
This 45 storey building is the second tallest in the Cuatro Torres Business Area complex.
Khan Shatry Entertainment Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2010
It is the worlds tallest tensile struture. The three layer construction is designed to shelter those inside whether the weather be 35 or -35. It houses leisure facilities.
Apple Park, Cupertine,California, 2017
The project started with Steve Jobs in 2006 and has just recently been completed. The 260,000 square meters building houses 12,000 employees.