7 Most Famous Buildings Of Norman Foster
Architecture is an eccentric art left to people with imaginations and brains wired for engineering. Thanks to the skill, we’ve seen the creation of buildings that pierce the clouds, others that span across oceans, and entire towns that have been built underground. One of the biggest names in architecture is that of Norman Foster.
These are some of the building from the mind of Foster where hundreds of people gather each day:
1. Willis Faber and Dumas Headquarters, Ipswich, United Kingdom
This particular Foster building was created with its surroundings in mind. Many have noted that it pioneered the ‘environmentally conscious’ design that came with minimizing space and maximizing efficiency. Some say that its shape evokes images of an odd-looking “pancake in a pan.”
One of the most interesting features are the glass panels that adorn the outside of the building. Silicon and corner patch fittings are what hold the panels to their inner supports and each other. Having been granted the Grade 1 listing for ingenuity, the award prevents the building from ever receiving any future modifications or changes.
It uses an open floor plan to help engender a sense of community.
2. Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong, China
The unique thing about this airport is the fact that it was entirely built on an island. Foster’s company had no problem admitting it was a little too ‘ambitious’ for some people.
The island on which it was built was formerly elevated terrain with the highest point reaching 328 feet or 100 meters. It was flattened out and its highest point now reaches 22 feet or 7 meters above sea level. If that’s not crazy enough for you, the island has been expanded to four times its size since initial construction began.
Projections are looking at more than 70 million passengers a year coming through a year by 2036.
3. Hearst Tower, New York City, USA
The features that adorn the base of the building are described by writer Vladimir Gintoff as being from a Gatsby-era Manhattan. The based was first designed by architect Joseph Urban and was intended to reach at least six stories, but it seemed that was not in the cards.
The part that Foster designed was the glass tower that sits atop the traditional base. Made with ‘profiled stainless steel’ and e-clear glass, it is designed to collect rainwater for things such as cooling systems, or the Icefall water sculpture located in the atrium.
For the environmentally conscious, they will be glad to know that more than 50% of the steel used is recycled and also uses 20% less than traditional design.
4. Spaceport America, New Mexico, USA
The spaceport, located in one of the country’s southern states, has prepared for what is currently a science fiction future involving commercial space travel. Those who live in New Mexico can catch a glimpse of it from the El Camino Real trail.
It was Virgin Group, owned by Richard Branson that contracted the design of the endeavor. It is set to be the ‘world’s first private spaceport.’
It comes complete with an astronaut’s quarters, a ‘super hangar,’ and a visitor’s gallery. I’ve always been a huge fan of anything space-related and look forward to where this building what direction this structure takes in the future.
5. Lunar Habitation, The Moon
A lunar habitat for humans is definitely in the realm of science fiction. While our technology restricts us at the moment from taking one into space, Foster’s architecture firm has been hard at work making an earthbound equivalent of the first human settlement on the moon.
The biggest ambition for the project is for a small rover to 3D print a great deal of the structure using ‘regolith,’ a special name for lunar soil. It is designed with adaptability in mind, meaning old structures can be taken away and new ones added.
6. SkyCycle, London, United Kingdom
With the city’s population expected to shoot up by more than 10% in as many years, transportation is already having trouble keeping up with demand. In order to solve the problem, the SkyCycle bike path is at the head of solving overcrowding transportation and environmental issues.
7. Rwandan Droneport
This installation is meant as a solution to help get supplies through the countries rough terrain, which already makes it hard for the medicine to get where it needs to go. Projections expect Rwanda’s populous to exceed 1.9 billion in the coming years and so “We require immediate bold, radical solutions to address the issue,” states Foster. “The Droneport project is about doing more with less capitalizing on the recent advancements in drone technology – something that is usually associated with war and hostilities – to make an immediate life-saving impact in Africa.”