Canadas tallest building breaks ground in Toronto

October 9, 2017 by  
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Canada’s tallest building has just begun construction in Toronto. Designed by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects , The One is a 1,004-meter-tall mixed-use building that stacks luxury condominiums atop high-end retail. This outstanding new addition to the Toronto skyline will be located at One Bloor West between the downtown and the upscale Yorkville neighborhood. At 85 stories tall, The One will be Canada’s tallest building and the second tallest man-made structure after Toronto’s CN Tower. Champagne bronze-colored diagonal, vertical, and horizontal elements form a distinctive exoskeleton frame that wraps around full-height glazing. “The One is the final piece of the jigsaw in the tower cluster at the Yonge and Bloor node – one of the most prominent intersections in the city,” said Giles Robinson, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners. “The project creates a new anchor for high-end retail along Bloor Street West, while respecting the urban scale of Yonge Street. The design is respectful of the legacy of the William Luke Buildings, and incorporates the historic 19th century brick structures within the larger development.” Related: Budapest’s tallest tower to follow the highest standards of sustainability The One stacks residences atop a multi-level retail base with shops, cafes, and restaurants, and also offers access to the city’s underground pedestrian ‘PATH’ network. The residential floors are based on flexible 620-square-foot modules that can be configured into different layouts. Duplex penthouses are located at the higher levels and command sweeping views of Lake Ontario and beyond. Residents will be able to enjoy shared spa and fitness facilities, library, formal entertaining rooms, and a large south-facing terrace punctuated with luxurious, intimate spaces. The One is slated for completion in 2020. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Peek inside Bloombergs sustainable new headquarters in London

June 21, 2017 by  
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Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg’s eponymous company is moving into the heart of London with the help of Foster + Partners . The renowned British architecture firm designed the new 3.2-acre Bloomberg site with approximately 500,000 square feet of sustainable office space illuminated with natural light and naturally ventilated with a large living green wall. Set to open this autumn, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters focuses on the creation of healthy, collaborative workspaces. “Our people are our most important asset,” said Bloomberg in a statement. “I wanted to create a unique, sustainable building where our 4,000 London employees would come to work every morning inspired to connect, collaborate and innovate. I believe in openness. This building takes that to a new level – there’s nothing like it in the world.” In addition to office space, the new Bloomberg headquarters will include two public plazas featuring custom art, a restaurant arcade built upon an ancient Roman travel route, and a cultural hub that links the ancient Roman Temple of Mithras to its original site. Related: First Apple Store in Southeast Asia is 100% powered by renewable energy The interior features open-plan layouts connected with a spiral ramp spanning seven floors in the nine-story building. An atrium ceiling funnels light deep into the building. Workspaces feature bespoke desk designs arranged in circular pods around a central table to promote collaborative working. Each desk also has an adjustable standing feature and upholstered pedestal to allow people to sit and work side by side. The building’s central hub on the sixth floor features a double-height column-free “pantry” with views of St Paul’s Cathedral and functions as a space for impromptu meetings over food and drink. + Foster + Partners Images by dbox, ChopsMoxie, and Foster + Partners

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First Apple Store in Southeast Asia is 100% powered by renewable energy

May 30, 2017 by  
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This weekend, Singapore welcomed its first Apple store in a beautiful glass-fronted building that blends minimalist design with nature. Designed by Foster + Partners and Apple, this long-awaited flagship store—called Apple Orchard Road—takes cues from Singapore’s lush environment and features mature trees inside and outside the shop. Home to the world’s largest Genius Grove, Apple Orchard Road is considered one of Foster + Partners’ “greenest Apple spaces yet” and is entirely powered by renewable energy. Welcomed with extreme fanfare and a ten-hour-long, 2,000-person queue, Apple Orchard Road is the first official Apple Store in Southeast Asia . The two-story building is located in the heart of the Singapore, known as the garden city, along tree-lined Orchard Road. Inspired by the city’s garden themes, the designers crafted the building with a strong focus on community and connection to nature. Eight mature trees were planted in front of the store to create a shaded “green orchard” that serves as a new public gathering space. The 120-foot wide glazed storefront blurs the boundaries between inside and outside, an illusion strengthened by the installation of mature trees within the shop. A thin, white canopy cantilevers out 25 feet to provide solar shading . Related: Watch Apple’s incredible new store in Dubai change shape before your eyes “This is one of our greenest Apple spaces yet – not only does all the energy come from renewable sources, but it is filled with lush trees,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “It also breaks down the boundaries between the inside and outside, with the greenery cascading through the store from the mezzanine to the ground floor and out to onto Orchard Road, creating the most welcoming civic gesture.” Beautiful curved staircases hand-carved from Castagna stone by Italian artisans frame the interior. The world’s largest Genius Grove on the mezzanine contains twelve Ficus Ali trees. The Forum, which serves as a gathering place for Creative Pros, also boasts Apple’s widest video screen in the world. + Foster + Partners Images © Nigel Young and Apple

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Apple’s newest store has Solar Wings" that transform before your eyes

April 28, 2017 by  
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Apple pulled out all the stops for their glamorous new store in Dubai. Designed by Foster + Partners , the recently completed Apple Dubai Mall is unlike any mall we’ve seen before with its giant “Solar Wings” that open and close in a beautiful choreographed display. The kinetic art installation, which ranks among the world’s largest, helps to create an engaging civic space, while providing an innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates. Located next to the iconic Burj Khalifa , the two-story Apple Store overlooks the famous Dubai Fountains through its 186-foot-wide and 18-foot-deep terrace. The architects drew inspiration from the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, or decorative screens, to create the perforated “Solar Wings” that shade the outdoor terrace during the day and open up at night. The wings are made from layers of lightweight carbon fiber mesh and arranged in patterns that minimize solar heat radiation, according to the architect’s solar studies. Related: Apple announces goal to make products from 100% recycled materials “The opening and closing of these majestic Solar Wings is analogous to a delicate ballet recital – but on a monumental scale,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. “In some ways it is a very spiritual experience, with the sun streaming through them and creating the most delicate and beautiful patterns of light and shade – a seamless blend of technology and culture.” The shaded terrace features nine large trees with integrated seating. The tree planters rotate mechanically to ensure optimal sunlight conditions for the trees. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners breathes new life into the Kulm Eispavillon in St Moritz

February 1, 2017 by  
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The newly-renovated Kulm Eispavillon, designed by Foster + Partners , was just recently reopened and it’s simply spectacular. Located in St Moritz, home to Lord Foster himself, the regeneration project aimed to breathe new life into the derelict Kulm Park by converting it into a community-centered resort. The renovation process focused on retaining the historic building’s original wooden vernacular, while adding contemporary features that could accommodate future sporting events. The 1905 pavilion was home to the 1928 and 1947 Winter Olympics, but had since been abandoned, falling into extreme disrepair over the years. The new design aimed to bring the building back to life, but still retaining the site’s original style and historic features. A new public ice skating rink serves as the heart of the center and visitors can also enjoy an onsite restaurant and a “sympathetically-designed Orangerie” with beautiful views of the surrounding valley. Related: Foster + Partners’ China Resources University opens in Shenzhen In addition to restoring the existing building, the architects added a multi-purpose pavilion that will host sporting and cultural events year-round, including the medal ceremonies at the Ski World Championships held in February 2017, as well as music festivals and classic car expos. Lord Foster explained that, more than a design project, the renovation was also a labor of love, “I approached this project not only as an architect, but as a sympathetic resident of St Moritz; to me it was all about bringing the historic structure and the Davos Plaun back to life, to recreate a space for the local community. The restoration of the old eispavillon and the new extension seek to re-establish Kulm Park as the social focus of this part of the town, providing a new destination for visitors and residents of the Engadin valley alike. The new Kulm Eispavillon will be at the heart of the sporting schedule of St Moritz, and will also provide a flexible space for a variety of outdoor events throughout the year, from music concerts to car exhibitions. Using the local tradition of wood, the entire ensemble is designed to be of the place, both in spirit and materials.” + Foster + Partners Photographs via Foster + Partners  

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Foster + Partners unveil design for a pair of hurricane-resistant high rises in Miami

November 4, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners just unveiled their design for the tallest building south of Manhattan, an elegant pair of hurricane-resistant high rises designed to integrate Miami’s dynamic urban fabric. Instead of creating a closed volume at ground level, the architects envisioned the podium as two levels of car parking wrapped with retail and housing units. The SE 12th Street project comprises two interconnected towers made from reinforced concrete . That choice was made to provide shade for apartments while also maximizing daylight . Special strategically-positioned louvers that mitigate the effects of high winds can also be lowered over the central plaza to function as wind breakers. Thanks to the presence of beams that brace the two structures together, the development can withstand hurricanes. Related: Foster + Partners’ China Resources University opens in Shenzhen “We share the city of Miami’s vision for increased urban density, and the design of these high-rise towers frees up space on the ground to create a public plaza , with shops, restaurants and art galleries that will serve the local community as well as the new residents in the tower,” said Norman Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners. “The base of the building continues the axis of SE 12th Street, drawing life back to the bay.” + Foster + Partners Images by DBOX

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LEED Gold Hankook Tire R+D Centre harvests rainwater for cooling in Asias Silicon Valley

October 20, 2016 by  
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Developed to attract the industry’s top talent, the 96,328-square-meter research and development center aspires to be an inspirational place to work and one that encourages collaboration and social interaction. The contemporary glazed building is housed beneath a floating silver roof with long overhangs that shield the interior from unwanted solar gain and gives the structure a mysterious quality. The interior is organized along a top-lit central spine flanked by research spaces and bookended by the entrance on one end and a restaurant on the other. The spatial layout is flexible to allow for future changes and steps up from four to six stories. Related: Foster + Partners breaks ground on Ferring Pharamceuticals’ headquarters in Copenhagen “The key design objectives for, the Hankook Technodome were two-fold – to reinvent the Hankook Tire’s image and to create an integrated working environment for the office and laboratory staff,” says Iwan Jones, Partner at Foster + Partners. “The spatial arrangement encourages visual connectivity and physical interaction. Testing facilities are on display and circulation and meeting spaces are shared to enhance interaction.” The LEED Gold facility captures waste heat and reuses it for heating the adjacent dormitory that accommodates visitors and staff. Harvested rainwater is stored at the lake at the southern entrance and used for cooling. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners , © Nigel Young

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Foster + Partners breaks ground on Ferring Pharamceuticals headquarters in Copenhagen

September 6, 2016 by  
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Foster + Partners just kicked off construction on Ferring Pharamceuticals’ new light-filled headquarters in Copenhagen . Surrounded on all sides by water, the 39,000-square-meter office building takes advantage of its waterfront position with a glass envelope that captures surrounding views and natural daylight. The visually striking building is built like an inverted pyramid and the generous use of glass gives the structure a floating appearance that contrasts with the heavy plinth on which it sits. Located near the Copenhagen International airport in the city’s Kastrup area, Ferring Pharamceuticals’ new country headquarters design is strongly informed by its surrounding urban landscape. Since the site is flanked by predominately low-rise development, the architects designed the building facade with a strong horizontal emphasis and clad the structure almost entirely in glass to take advantage of views. The headquarters’ triangular form was dictated by the shape of the waterfront site and is set atop a large stone plinth that protects the building from flooding. Six glazed floors and a cantilevered roof canopy are stacked atop the plinth and are arranged in such a way to create self-shaded spaces on each floor. A large atrium punctuates the heart of the building and comprises the entrance lobby, cafe, breakout spaces, conference facility, and other social, collaborative spaces. The areas for quiet individual work, such as the offices and laboratories, are tucked away at the edges. The workspace layout was determined by in-depth studies of the company’s work culture. Daylight streams in to illuminate the workplaces from all sides. Related: Foster + Partners’ Droneport will launch aerial vehicles to deliver medical supplies in Africa “We wanted to create a very strong base that directly connects to and celebrates this unique waterside location and lifts the building above that level – so that there are uninterrupted views from the ground floor to the strait and the surrounding harbour,” said Grant Brooker, who led the building design. “For such a significant project it was vital that the building reflected the personality of the organisation and that it would create a collaborative and flexible working environment to carry them through the next century.” + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners, UNStudio, Morphosis among 10 firms competing to design manmade eco-island

August 11, 2016 by  
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A Chinese airline has launched a design competition for a very special (and ambitious) eco-island located in Haikou Bay, Hainan. Ten top architectural firms from different countries are vying for the chance to design the master plan and buildings for the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island , which is envisioned as a tourist destination with hotels and residences, attractions, and space for two cruise ships to dock. China Building Center is organizing the international design competition for Hainan Airlines Group, and it has tapped Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects , to develop a strategic vision for the 250-hectare artificial island. The island, which has already been created, could be the first of many off China’s coast, as studies are underway to evaluate the region for other potential man made islands. The primary function of South Sea Pearl Eco-Island will be tourist-oriented , and other islands located in the province of Hainan may follow suit. The main island, population nine million, was declared as an independent province in 1988 specifically to enhance tourism in the region. Related: 6 amazing eco-island resorts that combine luxury and sustainable innovation Ten architectural firms will submit proposals in the competition: Foster + Partners (UK), Morphosis Architects (US), Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership (Spain), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), IROJE Architects & Planners (South Korea), UNStudio (The Netherlands), KuiperCompagnons (The Netherlands), The Jerde Partnership Inc. (US), CCDI (China), and Boston International Design Group, LLC (China). The organizers will select a winner at the end of this month, and construction is expected to begin in 2017 and take ten years to complete. Via ArchDaily Images via GAO Wenzhonglow and Guallart Architects

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These are the world’s best buildings

July 6, 2016 by  
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BIG’s Hualien Residences BIG’s Hualien Residences in Taiwan are mountainous structures covered in landscape strips that bring the mountains to the beach. The project hopes to encourage a healthy lifestyle for the complex’s elderly residents with walking paths and underground jogging paths. Green roofs minimize heat gain and the landscaping strips help to block the most intense sun of the day. The project is still in progress and has already been nominated for the 2014 MIPIM Awards. Burnazzi Feltrin’s Community Center The Community Center in Poggio Picenze by Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti was built to replace a building damaged in a 2009 earthquake in Italy. The center honors the characteristics of the original building while adding modern elements that make it a nature-inspired social space. The building is covered in larch wood with a green roof in a zig-zag shape that evokes the cracks caused by the earthquake. Zaha Hadid’s Messner Mountain Museum Set on a steep mountainside in Corones, Zaha Hadid’s dramatic Messner Mountain Museum resembles a Bond villain lair. But the mountaintop museum is actually a stunning space where people can learn about mountain geology, traditions and culture – all at an astonishing 7,500 feet above sea level. The museum actually tunnels through the mountain, with one volume emerging out of the mountain’s face. WAA’s Yellow River Art Museum The Art Museum in Yinchuan, China evokes the flowing lines of the Yellow River. We Architect Anonymous wanted to highlight the local environment and the river’s rich ecological history by giving the building a layered aesthetic inspired by the surrounding hills and river. To accomplish this, WAA used glass fiber-reinforced concrete. 3deluxe’s Butterfly Pavilion 3deluxe created the whimsical butterfly pavilion as a home for over 500 butterfly species. A golden façade made out of 4,000 aluminum leaves covers a glass cube, helping to regulate the interior climate while evoking the look of butterflies in flight. The 3D-Printed Office of the Future This year, Killa Design, along with Gensler, created the world’s first fully 3D-printed office . Dubbed the Office of the Future, the building was assembled in just 17 days and comes with all the amenities needed for a comfortable, safe work environment. It also happens to save 50 percent on labor costs, which proves that the future of construction is going to be pretty incredible. Zaha Hadid’s University of Oxford extension Zaha Hadid’s modern extension at the University of Oxford provides the perfect counterbalance to the school’s Victorian-era buildings. The reflective volume meanders through the campus and around an existing sequoia tree, changing height and width to accommodate the buildings around it. Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Foster + Partner’s Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett building is a place where people impacted by cancer can find peace and refuge. The design was created to “lift the spirits” and help people heal with natural light and plenty of greenery. Sliding glass doors let the outside in, and an airy, glass exterior brings the healing properties of sunlight into the space. The hospital can also use the space to grow flowers and produce for patients. Byens Bro Cycling Bridge Gottlieb Paludan Architects’s Byens Bro bridge is an elegant solution that lifts pedestrians and cyclists above the railway tracks at Odense’s train station. The bridge’s sweeping lines and streamlined aesthetics frame it as a natural part of the urban landscape. Hanazono Kindergarten Located on a Japanese island 250 miles off the coast of Taiwan, Hanazono Kindergarten is a beautiful building design by Hibinosekkei + Youji no Shiro to withstand the region’s dangerous typhoons. The building’s facade is made from steel-reinforced concrete blocks with hollow centers that allow light to filter into the school. Foster + Partners’ Crossrail Place Crossrail Place is a seven-story train station topped with a flourishing garden in London’s Canary Wharf. The project’s most remarkable feature is its 1,000-foot timber awning, which is studded with triangular ETFE cushions that allow light to filter down to the the plants below. Tzannes’ Irving Street Brewery Tzannes Associates built a tri-generation power plant atop an old beer brewery in Sydney to provide power and hot and cold water to the surrounding buildings. The plant’s three zinc towers contrast beautifully with the brewery’s existing red brickwork Omicron Campus by Dietrich | Untertrifaller Get ready for a serious case of office envy. Dietrich | Untertrifaller’s Omicron Campus is an amazing workspace filled with luminous pods, copious daylighting, and a show-stopping sculptural wood staircase that stretches from one story to the next. Shinsegae International by Olson Kundig Located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Shinsegae International is a 15-story skyscraper topped with a vibrant roof garden. Olson Kundig designed the project to provide office and retail space for South Korea’s oldest and largest importer of luxury fashion. + World Architecture Festival

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