Apple Park’s Steve Jobs Theater opens to host 2017 keynote

Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially opened the auditorium and events venue at the company’s Foster + Partners-designed campus, where today’s Apple Event took place. Named after Apple’s late founder, the Steve Jobs Theater held its first event today, during which the tech giant unveiled a variety of products including the rumoured iPhone X. A

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Foster + Partners reveals quayside cultural complex for Stockholm’s old town

Foster + Partners has designed a “new destination” for Stockholm’s old town, Gamla Stan. The three-storey building, called Mälarterrassen, will sit between Stockholm’s Södermalmstorg square and quay. Set against the quay wall to appear low-lying, it will contain a mixture of facilities including, market stalls, restaurants, cafes and exhibition galleries. The project being led by Spencer de Grey – the

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Foster and Heatherwick complete Shanghai theatre with curtain-like facade

Images have emerged of a new arts and culture centre by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio, which forms part of a new financial quarter the two firms are building on Shanghai’s waterfront. The Fosun Foundation is the centrepiece of the Bund Finance Center, a new mixed-use complex designed by Norman Foster’s architecture firm and Thomas Heatherwick’s

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Foster + Partners opens “one of our greenest Apple spaces yet” in Singapore

Foster + Partners has built yet another tree-filled Apple Store, but this one also features hand-carved stone staircases. Singapore’s official ranking as the greenest city in Asia informed the design of Apple Orchard Road, the first Apple flagship in the city. Like Foster + Partners’ other recent Apple Stores, particularly the ones in London and Dubai, the building’s most prominent feature is

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Foster + Partners completes Dubai Apple Store with carbon-fibre “solar wings”

Filigreed carbon-fibre shutters fold around the oriel window of Foster + Partners’ Apple Store in Dubai, shading the shop floor during the day but opening at night to views of the Burj Khalifa. London firm Foster + Partners based its design of the Apple Dubai Mall on the traditional Arabic mashrabiya, a projecting bay window enclosed by decorative wooden

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Drone footage captures Apple Park as it prepares to welcome employees

As Apple gears up to open its Foster + Partners-designed campus in Cupertino, a drone has filmed the buildings nearing completion, and reports have emerged that the company is buying up all the trees available in California. The tech company’s employees are due to start moving into their new offices this month, and high-definition drone

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Foster + Partners to design seven new stations for Sydney Metro

Foster + Partners has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro, which will tunnel beneath the city’s harbour. Norman Foster’s London-based practice will design stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Martin Place, Pitt Street, Waterloo and Barangaroo – where fellow London architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has just completed a trio of skyscrapers. The

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Foster + Partners to create a pair of river bridges in southeast England

Foster + Partners has been selected to create two new bridges across a river in Suffolk, England, which will be divided up into strands to offer separate routes for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.  Foster + Partners won a contest to design a new crossing over River Orwell in Ipswich. Its design for the Upper Orwell Crossings consists of two bridges, separated into different strands to

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Norman Foster joins Instagram and shares candid snaps and ski-race times

British architect Norman Foster is providing a rare insight into his personal life with his new official Instagram account, which he set up to debunk imposters. The 81-year-old posted the first photo to his @officialnormanfoster page five weeks ago, and has since offered followers a candid look into his day-to-day activities. A post shared by

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Park set for April 2017 opening

The giant ring-shaped office complex designed by British firm Foster + Partners for Apple is due to welcome the tech company’s employees this spring. Formerly known as Apple Campus 2, the vast building and grounds in Cupertino, California, are almost complete. More than 12,000 people will move into the offices over six months from April

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Calatrava’s Greenwich Peninsula scheme threatens Foster-designed transport hub

The Twentieth Century Society is calling for a heritage listing to be applied to Foster + Partners’ North Greenwich Interchange, which is threatened with demolition by Santiago Calatrava’s recently unveiled £1 billion development. The UK heritage body submitted a Grade II* listing application for the North Greenwich Interchange by Foster + Partners and the North Greenwich Underground Station by

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Foster + Partners reveals cascading tower complex for Mecca pilgrims

Foster + Partners has won a competition for a complex of stepped towers in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, providing accommodation for pilgrims en route to the world’s largest mosque. Foster + Partner’s design will be located between the Haramain High-speed Rail Station and the Grand Mosque, making it a key part of the pilgrims’ journey towards the mosque’s Holy Kaaba building

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Construction begins on Poland’s tallest tower by Foster + Partners

Work has started on a 310-metre-high Warsaw skyscraper by Foster + Partners, expected to become the tallest building in Poland. The Varso Tower, or Warsaw Tower, is now under construction on a brownfield site next to the Warszawa Centralna railway station, with completion slated for 2020. Featuring three staggered volumes, the building will be 310 metres at the its

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Foster + Partners skyscraper joins line-up at New York’s Hudson Yards

The next piece to be unveiled as part of the vast Hudson Yards development in New York is a glass office tower by architecture firm Foster + Partners. The UK studio’s 985-foot-tall skyscraper at 50 Hudson Yards will join others by KPF, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, at the site on the

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Foster-designed Oceanwide Center breaks ground in San Francisco

Work has commenced on the development set to include San Francisco’s second-tallest building, designed by UK firm Foster + Partners. The mixed-use Oceanwide Center in the city’s new Transbay neighbourhood will comprise two towers, one of which will rise 61 storeys and 910 feet (277 metres) once completed in 2021. The skyscraper will overtake the

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Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura to extend Madrid’s Museo del Prado

Foster + Partners and Rubio Arquitectura have won a competition to overhaul Spain’s most important art museum, the Museo del Prado in Madrid. London-based Foster + Partners and Madrid studio Rubio Arquitectura will collaborate on the project, which will involve replacing the roofs of the 17th century Hall of Realms. They will also reorganise the floors within to create new galleries, allowing the museum

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Foster + Partners to transform Cedric Price’s London Zoo aviary into monkey enclosure

Norman Foster’s firm has been appointed to revamp the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo – one of the most iconic designs of the late British architect Cedric Price. Foster + Partners will restore the 51-year-old structure that, when completed, was the first walk-through aviary anywhere in Britain. Instead of housing birds, it is set to become

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Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Calatrava open Dubai offices

Major architecture firms including Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Santiago Calatrava are setting up office in Dubai as the Middle Eastern architecture market booms. Each of the firms is moving into offices in the city’s Dubai Design District. Norman Foster’s firm is set to move in come January 2017, while ZHA already opened its office earlier this month. Spanish architect

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Foster + Partners uses extra-long bricks for Chinese university campus

Foster + Partners has used custom-made bricks to build a campus near Shenzhen, encompassing a university, a hotel and housing, all taking in views of the South China Sea. The scheme was designed by Norman Foster’s London-based studio for Xiao Jing Wan, a coastal development to the east of Shenzhen. It includes a hotel, clubhouse, shops and housing, and

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Foster + Partners unveils supertall twin towers for Miami

UK firm Foster + Partners has released plans for a pair of skyscrapers to be constructed in Brickell, Miami, which will take advantage of the city’s new height limit. The Towers by Foster + Partners will reach 1,049 feet (320 metres) – the fifth development to be approved at this recently increased figure. Building heights

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Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 begins to take shape in drone video

This unofficial drone video captures the construction of Foster + Partners’ Apple headquarters in California as the outer shell of the campus nears completion (+ movie). The movie, uploaded by YouTube user Matthew Roberts, shows the main hub of the campus – a hoop-shaped structure dubbed the Spaceship – taking form as cranes finish installing the exterior More

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Foster + Partners reveals new images of Oceanwide Center skyscrapers for San Francisco

Architecture firm Foster + Partners has released a fresh set of renderings showing its Oceanwide Center development for San Francisco’s downtown area, which gained planning approval earlier this year (+ slideshow). The pair of glass towers forms part of the Transbay development in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood. The wider project also involves More

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Foster + Partners’ first Brooklyn project is a waterfront office development

UK studio Foster + Partners has unveiled the design for its first project in Brooklyn: a development of offices and creative workspaces on the Red Hook waterfront. Norman Foster’s firm was announced as the architect for the 7.7-acre (3.1-hectare) property by New York-based developer Thor Equities yesterday. The site is located in a largely industrial More

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Norman Foster reveals vaulted Droneport prototype at Venice Architecture Biennale

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Foster + Partners has unveiled the first full-scale prototype of its Droneport concept at the Arsenale, which is designed to transport medical supplies to remote regions in Africa using unmanned flying vehicles (+ slideshow). The structure is the inaugural project from the Norman Foster Foundation, set up by the British architect to anticipate technological advances More

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Foster + Partners gets go ahead for crystalline skyscrapers in San Francisco

Foster + Partners has won planning approval for a pair of faceted glass skyscrapers in San Francisco, which will be among the tallest buildings in the city. The pair of mixed-use blocks known connectively as the Oceanwide Centre will be located in the South of Market (SoMa) neighbourhood, where they will form part of a redevelopment scheme More

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BIG and Foster both still in contention for Two World Trade Center tower

The developer of New York’s Two World Trade Center tower, Silverstein Properties, is uncertain whether it will retain Bjarke Ingels Group for the project or go with original architect Foster + Partners. Larry Silverstein, the company’s chairman, said it is learning toward Danish firm BIG, but nothing has been decided. “We can go in either More

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Norman Foster’s timber-framed Maggie’s Centre opens in his home town of Manchester

Norman Foster has completed a Maggie’s Centre for cancer care in his home town of Manchester, featuring a timber-lattice structure, an angular greenhouse and a flower garden (+ slideshow). The Foster + Partners founder, who won a battle with bowel cancer over a decade ago, designed the healthcare building for The Christie hospital in Manchester, and it officially opens today. Like the More

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Foster, BIG and Grimshaw reveal designs for 2020 World Expo pavilions

Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw Architects have won a competition to design a trio of pavilions for the 2020 Expo, which will be held near Dubai. The three firms saw off competition from 10 other entrants to the global competition for the pavilions, which will form the centrepiece for the 438-hectare Expo site in Jebel Ali – More

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Future of Foster + Partners’ 3 Sutton Place skyscraper in New York under threat

The developer behind Foster + Partners’ 3 Sutton Place tower on Manhattan’s East Side, originally planned to be 290-metres tall, lost a fight to block foreclosure proceedings on the site before declaring itself bankrupt this week. Developer Bauhouse Group defaulted on a $127 million (£89 million) loan from Gamma Real Estate and the site was set to be sold, More

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Works begins on Foster + Partners Norton Museum expansion in Florida’s West Palm Beach

Construction work has begun on Foster + Partners new wing for the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, a project that was first announced in 2013 (+ slideshow). The 59,000-square-foot (5,480 square metre) wing will create a new entrance for the museum under a monumental canopy with hidden supports that sits 43 feet (13 metres) More

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Apple given New York preservation award for repurposing historic buildings

Apple may be better known for cutting-edge contemporary design, but a New York preservation group is honouring the company for sensitively reusing old buildings with its store designs (+ slideshow). The New York Landmarks Conservancy is bestowing its Chairman’s Award on the technology company. “Apple is being honoured for their contribution to preserving, restoring, and repurposing notable historic structures More

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Foster + Partners unveils design for crystalline skyscraper now underway in Dubai

Work has begun on a chamfered glass skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners for Dubai’s financial district, which will offer occupants views of the world’s tallest building. The London-based firm led by Norman Foster designed the 140,000-square-metre development known as ICD Brookfield Place for the Dubai International Financial Centre district (DIFC). Its centrepiece will be a 53-storey office block with a faceted glass facade More

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Foster + Partners’ Roman history museum begins construction in south of France

Roman artefacts will be housed in this museum and archaeology centre by Foster + Partners, which is now under construction in France and due to open early next year (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm won a competition to design the Musée de la Romanité Narbonne (MuRéNA) in 2012, and the building is now expected to open in March 2016. […]

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Foster unveils winning masterplan for waterfront Cairo neighbourhood

Foster + Partners has won a competition to redevelop a 35-hectare neighbourhood by the River Nile in downtown Cairo. Norman Foster’s firm has devised a new masterplan for the dilapidated area known as the Maspero Triangle District. High-rise blocks along the waterfront will house offices and shops, while smaller scale housing will be set further inland. This will accommodate […]

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New images released of Foster’s super-skinny New York skyscraper

Developers of Foster + Partners’ luxury residential tower in Manhattan have released new images to tempt buyers into purchasing one of the multi-million dollar apartments (+ slideshow). The 63-storey skyscraper, called One Hundred East Fifty Third Street, is rising in midtown Manhattan next to the famed Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe, which was […]

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Foster-designed hotel at Battersea Power Station to feature rooftop infinity pool

A rooftop infinity pool boasting views over Battersea Power Station has been unveiled for the Foster + Partners-designed building proposed beside the historic London structure (+ movie). The outdoor swimming pool will form part of a 160-room hotel that will be housed within The Skyline – a large mixed-use block designed by Foster + Partners as part […]

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Foster + Partners reveals concept for 3D-printed Mars habitat built by robots

Foster + Partners has unveiled designs for a NASA Mars settlement for four astronauts that could be 3D printed by a team of semi-autonomous robots (+ slideshow). Norman Foster’s firm envisions a 93-square-metre habitat constructed from regolith, the loose soil and rocks found on the surface of the Red Planet. The concept involves parachuting three different kinds […]

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Foster, Rogers and UNStudio compete to design major new Taiwan airport terminal

Foster + Partners, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and UNStudio are battling to win the tender for a new £1 billion terminal at Taiwan’s largest airport, Taoyuan International. The architecture firms are among the three teams shortlisted to design the 640,000-square-metre Terminal 3 building at Taoyuan International Airport, set to accommodate an additional 45 million […]

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Exodus of London creatives is “inevitable” says Norman Foster

Rising prices will force architects and designers out of London, according to architect Norman Foster – who described the situation as “not necessarily bad”. The British architect behind some of London’s most iconic landmarks including the Gherkin and the Millennium Bridge said that the migration of the city’s creative talents was a sign of “economic prosperity”. […]

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Drone movie shows Foster + Partners’ Apple Campus 2 beginning to rise out of the ground

An unofficial drone movie shot over the site of the new Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, shows the latest progress on Foster + Partners’ “doughnut” office design (+ movie). Uploaded by Youtube user Duncan Sinfield, the high-definition movie shows that structural work on the building’s foundations and below-ground-level floors and car park is almost […]

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Foster + Partners and Nissan to redesign electric car fuel stations

London architecture firm Foster + Partners is working with car brand Nissan to develop a concept for a charging station for electric vehicles. Foster + Partners and Nissan are drawing up plans for a Fuel Station of the Future, to cater for the one million electric vehicles they estimate will be on the road by […]

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Foster + Partners adds a new winery to the Château Margaux estate

Foster + Partners has added a glass-fronted winery framed by tree-shaped columns to the historic Château Margaux wine estate outside Bordeaux (+ slideshow). The Nouveau Chai is the first visible new building for over 200 years on the expansive estate, which is located in Bordeaux’s Médoc region – one of France’s important red-wine terroirs – and dates back to at least […]

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Foster + Partners’ New York skyscraper will be first new office tower on Park Avenue in 50 years

Construction work has begun on Foster + Partners’ delayed New York tower at 425 Park Avenue (+ slideshow). Originally planned for the Lehman Brothers bank, whose collapse helped trigger the financial crisis in 2008, the Foster-designed skyscraper is back on schedule and will be the first new office tower on Park Avenue in 50 years. Construction work began on the delayed project […]

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Foster + Partners to build hipster village in Dubai

Foster + Partners has revealed its plans for a creative community in Dubai modelled on the fashionable neighbourhoods of New York’s Meatpacking District and east London’s Shoreditch. Norman Foster’s architecture firm will deliver the second phase of the Dubai Design District, also known as D3, which is a new creative quarter being built from scratch in the United Arab […]

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Foster’s Crossrail Place roof garden to open at Canary Wharf

Tropical roof gardens and a leisure complex designed by Foster + Partners to sit above its new Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in London will open to the public tomorrow. The seven-storey structure is the first new building for Crossrail – London’s new east-west rail link – to open to the public, although trains will not run from the station for […]

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Bjarke Ingels could replace Foster + Partners on World Trade Center tower

Danish firm BIG is reportedly in talks to redesign the final tower at the World Trade Center site, potentially ousting the original architects as part of the developer’s tenancy negotiations. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Bjarke Ingels’ studio is in talks with developer Larry Silverstein, who hopes to tempt 21st Century […]

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Foster + Partners pairs curving concrete with glass for new Buenos Aires city hall

Foster + Partners has completed a new city hall for the Argentinian capital, featuring a wavy concrete roof, a quadruple-height atrium and a glazed facade offering views out to the park (+ slideshow). Located in the city’s Parque Patricios neighbourhood, the Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno provides a flexible workplace for the city mayor and 1,500 staff, […]

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Foster + Partners to design all stations and trains for new Jeddah transport network

Foster + Partners has been appointed to design an £8 billion transport system for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that will encompass a network of new metro, ferry, bus, and cycle terminals. Norman Foster’s London-based firm, which was rumoured to be working on the project back in October 2014, has signed a contract reportedly worth £54 million […]

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Foster + Partners to create Canada’s tallest habitable building in Toronto

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans to build an 80-storey skyscraper that is set to become Canada’s tallest habitable building. Called The One, the 318-metre-tall tower will have a glass facade with a diamond pattern of bronze struts running up the sides, and will occupy a site in downtown Toronto on the corner of Yonge Street […]

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Foster + Partners completes Apple store in Hangzhou, China

News: Foster + Partners has released photographs of its new Apple store in Hangzhou – one of five new shops that the company is opening in China ahead of Chinese New Year (+ slideshow). The store – located close to Hangzhou’s West Lake – is a 15-metre-high glazed box boasting a glowing ceiling, a cantilevered floor and glass staircases, and is one […]
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Marine science museum by Foster + Partners starts on site in Taiwan

News: Foster + Partners has unveiled its design for a new National Museum of Marine Science and Technology in northern Taiwan, which has now begun construction. Billed to become the largest aquarium in northern Taiwan, the National Museum of Marine Science and Technology will be located on the waterfront in Keelung, a port city north-east of […]
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Drone movie shows progress on Apple Campus construction

News: updated footage of construction work on the Foster + Partners-designed Apple Campus 2 in California has been published on YouTube by another amateur videographer using a drone-mounted GoPro video camera (+ movie). YouTuber myithz uploaded the video, which shows progress on the site of the technology giant’s new offices in Cupertino, California. Related story: First […]
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Foster’s London towers to feature one bike parking space per bedroom

News: a twin-towered residential development by Foster + Partners is set to become the most cycle-friendly high-rise in London, with one bike parking space per bedroom. The 250 City Road development, which launched last week, features 1,486 bike parking spaces – one and a half for each of the 930 apartments – but only 200 car […]
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Norman Foster narrates drone tour of New York’s Hearst skyscraper

A decade after the final beam was placed atop the Norman Foster-designed Hearst Tower, the architect has returned to the building to mark its anniversary with a film captured using an unmanned aerial vehicle (+ movie). The 46-storey Hearst Tower was the first major building commissioned in New York following the attacks on the World Trade […]
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Foster + Partners named world’s most admired architect for ninth year in a row

News: Foster + Partners has been given the title “most admired architect” for the ninth consecutive year, in a global survey of architecture firms around the globe. London-based Foster + Partners, led by architect Norman Foster, won 17 per cent of the vote in the World Architecture 100 2015, a survey of the world’s biggest practices undertaken by […]
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Landmark architecture helps turn Miami into the “capital of Latin America”

Feature: international architects are leading Miami’s transforming from a retirement resort into a major cultural destination, according to architects and developers working in the city (+ slideshow). An influx of money from South America coupled with the impact of the Art Basel art fair is driving the change, with a roster of global architects including Sou […]

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Foster + Partners works on “world’s first commercial concrete-printing robot”

News: Foster + Partners has teamed up with building contractor Skanska to pioneer the use of 3D-printed concrete in the construction industry. Norman Foster’s architecture firm is part of the team working with Swedish concrete manufacturer Skanska to develop the technology to robotically 3D print high-performance concrete, which could be used to build architectural structures. […]

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