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Norman Robert Foster is one of the leading British architect of the United Kingdom and in the world. He was born on June 1, 1935 in Manchester, in a working-class family. He studied Architecture and Urbanism at Manchester University. After his degree, in 1961 he won the Henry Fellowship prize (Henry scholarship) for Yale’s University. At this university, he did an master on architecture. In 1967 Norman and Wendy Foster founded The Foster Associates. 25 years later, in 1992 the Foster Associates changed their name to Foster and Partners, an international company that since their start, have won more than 60 prizes for their work, and 14 international contests about construction.
Currently they have offices in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and it has 180 architects, designers, model builders. In 1983 Norman Foster won the Royal Gold Medal of Architecture and the year 1990 he became Sir on the birthday celebration of the Queen. In 1991 he won The Mies van de Rohe prize of European architecture, The Gold Medal of the French academy of architecture and the title of doctor honoris causa by The London Royal College of Art. Recently he won The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize of The Arts and letters Academy of New York.
The works of Sir Norman Foster and Partners are exhibited in London, New York, Paris, Lyon, Tokyo, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Venice and Milan. Their works are represented in the permanent collection in the Modern Art Museum of New York and at the centre of Georges Pompidou of Paris. An example is the ‘ Gherkin’.
‘ Gherkin’ This building is situated in the city of London. It was built by Norman Foster. The building was the first building completely eco-friendly in London. It is an eco-friendly building that was made only with glass so that the Light could pass. In this case Norman Foster tried to imitate the architect Antoni Gaudí trying to obtain a harmony with nature, that in this case is his inspiration. The building has a pattern of a spiral of blue colour and the geometric lines in star forms that mark the start and the end of the glass. The principal lines of the building are the blue curve line that surrounds the building and the outline that also have a curved line. From the restaurant of the building you can watch all the city of London.
A Final Thought… “The best architecture comes from a synthesis of all the elements that separately comprise and inform the character of a building: the structure that holds it up; the services that allow it to function; its ecology; the quality of natural light the symbolism of the form; the relationship of the building to the skyline or the streetscape; the ways we move through or around it. Above all, I believe that architecture is rooted in the needs of people - material and spiritual, measurable and intangible. It must have the ability to transcend function, to add beauty as well as value, to lift the spirits, to move us in some way.” Norman Foster
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