Norman Foster is a prolific British architect known for his innovative, stylish structural designs, as seen with edifices like Berlin’s Reichstag, New York City’s Hearst Tower and London’s City Hall.
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About his life
Norman Foster, in full Lord Norman Foster of Thames Bank, original name in full Norman Robert Foster (born June 1, 1935, Manchester, England), is a British architect known for his sleek, modern buildings made of steel and glass.
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Foster was trained at the University of Manchester (1956–61) in England and Yale University (1961–62) in New Haven, Connecticut. Beginning in 1963, he worked in partnership with Richard and Su Rogers and his wife, Wendy Foster, in a firm called Team 4. In 1967 he established his own firm called Foster Associates (later Foster + Partners).
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What are Foster’s style main features ?
Foster’s earliest works explored the idea of a technologically advanced “shed,” meaning a structure surrounded by a lightweight shell or envelope.
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Foster was one of the architects who turned things around by proving that to make good buildings, it would not be necessary to abandon the principles of Modernism—clear structure, lucid forms—but simply to apply them with new rigor and imagination.
What are his most iconic buildings?
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Other important works
- Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich
- Kuala Lumpur’s Troika Towers
- Frankfurt’s Commerzbank
- Hong Kong International Airport
- London’s City Hall and Millennium Bridge.
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