Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, urbanism, engineering and design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. With offices across the world, the practice works as a single entity that is both ethnically and culturally diverse, with people central to all their endeavours.
They have always believed that good, responsible design is only possible with significant contributions from different disciplines. Their architectural teams design and deliver projects from the earliest sketch through to strategic design, construction drawings and completion. Sustainability is at the heart of their design approach. They audit projects against global standards as well as their own, more comprehensive, Responsibility Framework.
Rising above two retained Art-Deco buildings, Jameson House is located in the heart of Vancouver’s heritage district. The scheme continues the practice’s investigation into contemporary interventions within historic structures, explored previously in a high-rise context with the Hearst Tower in New York. The project is also significant in combining living, working and shopping in one location, encouraging sustainable patterns of urban living and balancing energy consumption with its mix of daytime and night-time uses.
551 West 21st Street, New York
The planned 19-storey residential tower at 551 West 21st Street is in the heart of the Chelsea Arts District, the centre of the international art market and home to more than 200 galleries. Located at the corner of 11th Ave and 21st Street, the site is also within easy reach of the Highline and Hudson River Parks, Chelsea Piers and Market. The tower’s design responds to this unique urban context, creating light, spacious residences with panoramic views of the river and Midtown, while relating in scale to neighbouring buildings and drawing on the area’s industrial heritage in its materials and details.