Posts Tagged ‘Norman Foster’

Foster + Partners’ (& Heatherwick Studio’s) Shanghai skyscraper duo

Thomas Heatherwick’s office has teamed up with our friends at Foster + Partners to create dueling skyscrapers which will stand at the intersection of Shanghai’s Old City and the (newer) Bund Finance Centre. The two studios have devised a 4.5M SqFt masterplan, of which the centerpiece, the Fosun Foundation, completed earlier this summer, is an arts and culture center with a bright curtain-like facade of bronze tubing. Influenced by the 19th-century buildings of the Bund, the glazed skyscrapers will feature textured frames of granite which will attenuate as the towers rise. This give the base a more solid appearance than the glass-encased tops. The towers feature bronze and granite detailing to link them aesthetically to the Fosun Foundation.

The One, by Foster + Partners and CORE Architects, slated to be Canada’s tallest building

“The One” will, upon completion, stand 3300’/85-storeys and will be the tallest building in Canada. The building will combine high-end retail (below) with luxury condominiums (above), and will lie at One Bloor West, between Downtown Toronto and the opulent Yorkville neighborhood. The building’s facade will feature full-height glazing on each floor, and will be wrapped in a wildly geometrical expressive exoskeleton of diagonal, vertical, and horizontal shapes in bronze. Designed by our friends at Foster + Partners, in collaboration with CORE Architects, “The One” also offers access to the city’s underground ‘PATH’ network of pedestrian walkways. The residential floors are based on flexible 620-square-foot modules and can be configured into different layouts; amenities will include shared spa and fitness facilities, a library, formal entertaining rooms, and a large south-facing terrace with luxe spaces.

Maggie’s Centre by Foster + Partners, in Manchester, United Kingdom

Maggie’s Centre will be a new drop-in center for cancer patients receiving ongoing treatments at Manchester’s Christie hospital designed with the emotional well-being of sufferers from cancer in mind. Maggie’s is a charity that provides practical and emotional support in purpose-built settings, and to this end they have enlisted The Lord Foster’s prestigious architectural firm to create colorful, cheery domestic spaces surrounded by verdure, but also with a number of strategically implemented clear sight lines to allow for passive surveillance by the Centre’s staff. It is not only the improvement of the mental health of patients that Maggie’s and our friends at Foster + Partners have sought to accomplish with their plan, but given the still very mysterious nature of cancer, how it moves and where and why it does or does not metastasize, one of the goals of this project is to address the possible psychosomatic causes of cancer with a view towards offsetting them.