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foster + partners: the art of architecture
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aug 30, 2011
foster + partners: the art of architecture



‘foster + partners: the art of architecture’ at the hong kong arts centre, hong kong, china
image © hong kong arts centre

 

foster + partners: the art of architecture
hong kong arts centre, hong kong, china
curated by richard cork
on now through september 22, 2011

 

 

 

the inclusive exhibition ‘foster + partners: the art of architecture’ displayed through september 22, 2011 at the hong kong arts centre located in hong kong, china, is curated by writer and critic richard cork. the exhibit features a broad range of the finished and current work of internationally renowned practice foster + partners. over 277 projects from twenty different countries represent issues of infrastructure, sustainability, urban planning, history and culture from the firm’s creation in 1967, when the studio was referred to as foster associates.

 


entrance to gallery
image © hong kong arts centre

 

 

 

spanning over four decades, the consortium of diverse works demonstrate the continuously evolving practice of architecture, while accentuating the consistency of values found in lord foster’s buildings, regardless scope or size. this time capsule provides early projects, which explore solutions for environmental issues and sustainability concepts that have since become prevalent with the emergence of new green technologies.

 

 


model and display of reichstag, new german parliament, berlin, germany, 1992–1999
image © hong kong arts centre

 

 

‘the computer has revolutionized the way architects work, yet the language of drawing and model making still plays a central role in the studio – the exhibition offers incredible insight into the art of architecture through a display of sketches, which show some of these stepping stones in the design process.’ – richard cork, curator

 


reichstag, new german parliament, berlin, germany, 1992–1999
image © rudi meisel

 

 

 

spencer de grey, senior partner and head of design at foster + partners speaks about the exhibit’s location in hong kong: ‘this city has been a constant source of inspiration for designs such as chek lap kok airport, kai tak cruise terminal and, most recently, the masterplan for the west kowloon cultural district. unprecedented in its scale and ambition, the new cultural district with its sustainable agenda is the largest initiative of its kind in the world today and is set to transform the cultural life of hong kong.’

 

 


group of models including the sage gateshead, gateshead, england, 1997–2004
image © hong kong arts centre

 


model of the sage gateshead, gateshead, england, 1997–2004
image © hong kong arts centre


the sage gateshead, gateshead, england, 1997–2004
image © nigel young_foster + partners


model of the great court at the british museum, london, england, 1994–2000
image © hong kong arts centre


the great court at the british museum, london, england, 1994–2000
image © nigel young_foster + partners


models of hearst corporation headquarters and swiss re headquarters
image © hong kong arts centre


model of swiss re headquarters, london,england, 1997–2004
image © hong kong arts centre


swiss re headquarters, london,england, 1997–2004
image © nigel young_foster + partners


hearst corporation headquarters, new york, usa, 2001–2006

image © chuck choi


site model of west kowloon cultural district, hong kong, 2009
image © hong kong arts centre


west kowloon cultural district, hong kong, 2009

image © foster + partners


model of dresden station, dresden, germany


model of beijing international airport, beijing, china, 2003–2008
image © hong kong arts centre


model of free university berlin, berlin, germany


model of yachtplus 40 boat fleet, 2006–2010
image © hong kong arts centre


yachtplus 40 boat fleet, 2006–2010
image © nigel young_foster + partners


carre d’art, nìmes, france, 1984 –1993
image © foster + partners


millau viaduct, gorges du tarn,france, 1993–2005
image © stephane compoint


slussen masterplan,stockholm, 2009
image © nicholas elias_foster + partners


spaceport america, new mexico, usa, 2007

image © foster + partners


hongkong bank hq, hong kong, 1979–2006
image © ian lambot

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