Foster + Partners Apple Park Visitor Center opens to the public

November 22, 2017 by  
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Apple fans and architecture buffs can now sneak a peek at Apple’s massive spaceship campus at the new Apple Park Visitor Center, opened Friday. As with all the campus buildings and the new Apple stores, Foster + Partners led the design effort at the new Visitor Center, wrapped in a transparent envelope below an incredibly thin floating carbon-fiber roof. The combination of glass and carbon fiber is becoming a hallmark of Apple architecture and stores, including the campus’ Steve Jobs Theater that boasts the world’s largest carbon-fiber roof. Set within an olive grove and positioned for sweeping views of Apple Park, the 20,135-square-foot Visitor Center comprises an Apple Store, cafe, Apple Park exhibition area, and a roof terrace . A model of Apple Park that illustrates the massive scale of the 175-acre campus , as well as the undulating artificial landscape, first greets visitors. The full-height glazing and floating roof makes the building appear weightless and blurs the line between indoors and out. Related: Apple’s stunning “spaceship” campus revealed in new drone footage The furnishings and materials mimic those at Apple Park to give visitors a taste of the main building. The Visitor Center’s small cafe echoes the campus’ restaurant in the timber furnishings and marble countertops. The staircases are also clad in the same quartz stone used in the main building. “The idea was to create a delicate pavilion where visitors can enjoy the same material palette and meticulous detailing seen in the Ring Building in a relaxed setting, against the backdrop of Apple Park,” said Stefan Behling, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners. + Foster + Partners Images via Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

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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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