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20 Dec 2012
New York Public Library Building, NYC, USA
Design: Foster + Partners
New York Public Library Building
image : dbox – Foster + Partners
New York Public Library Building
The existing research library will be retained as it is today, with more space for researchers, as will many of the public spaces – the project will open twice as much of the building to the public. The centrepiece of the 5th Avenue and 42nd Street building is the magnificent Rose Reading Room, below which are seven storeys of book stacks.

14 Nov 2012
50 United Nations Plaza, New York, USA – Ground-raising ceremony news
Design: Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners Architecture Designs 50 United Nations Plaza New York City
image : dbox / Foster + Partners
50 United Nations Plaza Manhattan
Construction is underway on the first residential tower by Foster + Partners in the United States. Developed by Zeckendorf Development with Global Holdings, the 44-storey luxury apartment tower occupies a prestigious location within the green setting of United Nations Plaza, with views of the celebrated modernist UN Headquarters building, the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

19 Oct 2012
Grand Central Terminal, New York, USA – building news
The Next 100 – Foster + Partners re-imagines Grand Central Terminal for 2013 Centenary
Foster + Partners Architecture - Grand Central Terminal Building
image : Foster + Partners
Grand Central Terminal Building
Norman Foster presented proposals for a masterplan to bring clarity back to Grand Central Terminal at The Municipal Art Society of New York’s annual Summit in New York last night. Grand Central Terminal is one of New York’s greatest landmarks and contains perhaps the city’s finest civic space. However, over time it has become a victim of its own success.

3 Oct + 11 Jul 2012
425 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA
Foster + Partners wins competition for new tower
425 Park Avenue New York Foster + Partners Architecture
image : dbox / Foster + Partners
425 Park Avenue building design
Shortlisted Architects
Four of the world’s most acclaimed architecture firms are participating this week in the conceptual design phase of its architectural competition for a new office tower to be constructed at 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan:
Foster + Partners (Lord Norman Foster)
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (Lord Richard Rogers)
OMA (Rem Koolhaas)
Zaha Hadid Architects

28 Sep 2012
Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre, Shanghai, China
Design: Foster + Partners
Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre
picture : Foster + Partners
Hongqiao Vantone SunnyWorld Centre
This major new sustainable masterplan for a prominent site at the heart of the Shanghai Hongqiao CBD, has broken ground. The project forms part of a large-scale urban plan, extending from Shanghai’s main station. The dynamic new mixed-use community is centred on a new four-hectare public park and brings together highly efficient, flexible office buildings, animated at ground level by shops, restaurants and a range of new civic spaces.

30 Sep 2012
Fire Safety Design
Article for e-architect by Michael Woodrow
Vancouver Tower Building Foster + Partners Architecture
photograph : Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Fire Safety Design
“Designers (architects included) consider every variable associated with the form & function of a building – aesthetics, functionality, cost, environmental sustainability, structural integrity, serviceability and code compliance among a plethora of other variables. There is one variable however that architects do not currently consider and yet it has the ability to fundamentally, and often negatively, alter the design of a building: Fire safety”.

27 Jul 2012
Sperone Westwater, New York City, NY, USA
Sperone Westwater Gallery
image : Foster + Partners
Sperone Westwater Gallery
Lubetkin Prize shortlisted building

18 Jul 2012
West Kowloon Cultural District Competition, China
Shortlisted Design Team for First Arts Venue
West Kowloon Cultural District Foster + Partners Architecture
Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
West Kowloon Cultural District Competition
Shortlist of five design teams invited to submit proposals for the design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the first landmark buildings for the WKCD, scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.
Shortlisted design teams:
– BTA & RLP Company Limited
– Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects
– Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange
– Safdie Architects LLC
– Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt)

28 May 2012
Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland – since renamed ‘SSE Hydro’
The Hydro Glasgow building lighting
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
SSE Hydro
New photos showing construction progress on this major new building

17 May 2012
Narbonne Museum, southern France
Foster + Partners
Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne
image : Foster + Partners
Musée de la Romanitée Narbonne
Following an international competition, Foster + Partners, working with museum designer Adrien Gardere, is designing a new museum for Roman artefacts in the city of Narbonne. As a vital Roman port, Narbonne has an impressive legacy of buildings, ancient relics and archaeological sites. The centrepiece of the museum is a collection of more than 1,000 ancient stone relief funerary blocks excavated nearby.

26 Apr 2012
Datong Art Museum, China
Foster + Partners
Datong Building Foster + Partners Architecture
image : Foster + Partners
Datong Art Museum
Construction is underway at Datong Art Museum – China’s ‘Museum of the 21st Century’. The museum will open in 2013 to represent China in the ‘Beyond the Building’ Basel Art international tour.

8 Mar 2012
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan, southern France
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
image : Foster + Partners
Marseille Vieux Port Masterplan
Marseille’s Vieux Port, one of the great Mediterranean ports, is about to be transformed. Work has started on Michel Desvigne’s and Foster + Partners’ competition-winning masterplan for its regeneration. The project will reclaim the quaysides as a civic space, creating new informal venues for performances and events and removing traffic to create a safe, semi-pedestrianised public realm.

7 Mar 2012
Hermitage Plaza, Paris, France
Hermitage Plaza Paris Skyscrapers
picture : Foster + Partners
Hermitage Plaza
Hermitage Plaza will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a public plaza at its heart. The project incorporates two 320-metre-high buildings – the tallest mixed-use towers in Western Europe.

27 Jan 2012
Jameson House, Vancouver, Canada
Foster + Partners Architecture Vancouver Tower Building
photograph : Nigel Young, Foster + Partners
Jameson House Vancouver – latest North American building completed
Jameson House is a new 35-storey mixed-use tower in the heart of Vancouver and includes the first residential development to be completed by the practice in North America – completed at the end of last year, already the building is now almost fully occupied.

F+P Architectural Designs from 2011

22 Dec 2011
Ourense AVE Station, Galicia, north west Spain
Ourense AVE Station Foster + Partners Architecture
image : Foster + Partners
Ourense Railway Station
Foster + Partners, in a joint venture with engineers, G.O.C. and Cabanelas Castelo Architects, has won an international competition to design a new high-speed rail station in the city of Ourense in Galicia, north western Spain.

17 Nov 2011
The McLaren Production Centre, Woking, England
McLaren Production Centre Building Woking
picture © McLaren
McLaren Production Centre
The Prime Minister attends official opening of the McLaren Production Centre. The McLaren Production Centre, the second building designed by Foster + Partners at McLaren’s Woking site, has been officially unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron today. The 34,500-square metre facility will house the assembly of all future McLaren Automotive road cars, including the recently-launched MP4-12C high-performance sports car.

17 Nov 2011
Al Haramain High Speed Rail, Saudi Arabia – Construction Start
Haramain Railway Stations Foster + Partners Architecture
image © Foster + Partners / Buro Happold JV
Al Haramain High Speed Rail
Construction due to start on first Haramain High-speed Rail stations in Saudi Arabia. Designs by the joint venture (JV) team Foster + Partners and Buro Happold, in collaboration with local architect Dar Al Riyadh, have been revealed for four major new stations along the state-of-the-art Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR), providing a vital new service for the millions of pilgrims travelling between the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah during the Haj.

7 Nov 2011
Thames Hub, England
Thames Hub Foster + Partners Architecture
image © Foster + Partners
Thames Estuary Airport in London
Includes new airport, Thames flood barrier and orbital rail route

4 Oct 2011
Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait
Kuwait International Airport
picture : Foster + Partners
Kuwait International Airport
Terminal building design rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials.

17 Aug 2011
Apple Campus 2, Cupertino, CA, USA
Foster + Partners with Arup
Apple Campus 2
image from Apple
Apple Campus 2

10 Jun 2011
3Beirut, Solidere Masterplan Sector B, Lebanon
image : Foster + Partners
Solidere Masterplan : First Lebanese Building
3Beirut – the first project designed by Foster + Partners to break ground in Lebanon – will create a sustainable residential and retail development of international quality.

Central Market, Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Souk Abu Dhabi
image © Irfan Naqi
Abu Dhabi Central Market

CITIC Bank Tower, Hangzhou, China
CITIC Tower Hangzhou
image © Foster + Partners
CITIC Headquarters Tower Hangzhou

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Hong Kong
Kowloon skyscrapers
photo © Derek McGavigan 2010
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

BMCE Regional Headquarters, Morocco
BMCE Building
image : Nigel Young_Foster + Partners
BMCE Regional Headquarters

West Kowloon Cultural Complex, Hong Kong
Foster + Partners win
West Kowloon Complex
image : Foster + Partners
West Kowloon Cultural Complex

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