Foster + partners

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about foster + partners

Project • By UNStudioTheaters

The Lyric Theatre Complex

The Lyric Theatre Complex is a celebration of the world of theatre as an integrated and inviting place of performance and social gathering. The Lyric Theatre Complex is located in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, an ambitious 40 hectare waterfront cultural quarter which combines open public space with a wide range of cultural venues. Here museums, theatres and concert halls intermingle to create a vibrant district for Hong Kong, where different disciplines within the arts can interact, collaborate, innovate and develop.Alongside the wide variety of cultural offerings, the District also comprises a mixed-use residence, office buildings, and 23 hectares of public space and squares, all of which are connected along a two k... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersBars

The Tulip

A planning application was submitted to the City of London Corporation on 13 November 2018 for The Tulip, a new public cultural attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin.This project is proposed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, owners and architects respectively of 30 St Mary Axe. Deriving its name from its nature-inspired form, The Tulip would enhance The Gherkin, one of London’s most cherished and recognisable buildings and offer a new state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource for Londoners and tourists. Contributing to the City’s Culture MileSince the turn of the Millennium, London’s skyline has matured with new high-rise buildings that reflect its growth as a global financial... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersShops

Apple Store in Champs Elysees

Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous avenues in the world. It is a celebration of Parisian urban life and epitomizes the timeless spirit of this great city. The ornate Beaux-Art style buildings that line the famous tree-lined boulevard have been synonymous with Parisian living for centuries. Tapping into the energy and vitality of the historic promenade, Apple Champs-Élysées – which opens to the public on Sunday, 18 November – captures the essence of this bustling metropolis by creating a unique cour intérieure (interior courtyard) within a quintessential Parisian apartment, carefully interweaving several layers of history with contemporary, light-filled and inviting spaces. The courtyard pulls the vitality of the historic pro... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersShops

Apple Store, Piazza Liberty Milan

Apple opens Milan’s newest public squareApple Piazza Liberty is an ensemble of two fundamental elements, a stepped plaza and a fountain. Located just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele – one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan – visitors are drawn towards the piazza by the sight of the dramatic new fountain. The project is another example of the close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners. A celebration of the joys of city life and embodying its dynamic nature, the signature water feature is an interactive, multisensory experience. Visitors enter the fountain through a glass-c... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

Apple Cotai Central

Apple Cotai Central offers a calm complement to the buzz and excitement of Macau, responding to the desire for an inviting, contemplative space, where technology, entertainment and arts come together to make a positive contribution to the city. Its timeless design reinvigorates a corner of Cotai with a distinctive addition – a luminescent cube, whose pure geometry and warm ‘beacon-like’ glow draws passers-by closer, set within a quiet bamboo grove and an external plaza. The design is the result of a close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners. Apple Cotai Central seeks to create more m... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

Plaza Colon 1

Designs for Axis Madrid revealedFoster + Partners newest project in Madrid was announced today – the comprehensive refurbishment of the Plaza Colón building at the heart of the city. Located at one of the most major intersections in Madrid, the project seeks to completely transform and revitalise the existing structure to create a new iconic landmark that reflects the prestige and importance of the site. The site has great historical significance and is a key part of the long-term vision for the development of Madrid. Located on the junction of Madrid´s main north-south artery, Paseo de la Castellana, with Génova Street, the primary east-west axis of the city, the building faces the bustling Plaza de Colón, one of the largest public sp... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersPavilions

Vatican Chapel

The opening ceremony of the Vatican Pavilion was held today, in the presence of Cardinale Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture. This is the first time the Vatican City has been represented at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The ‘pavilion’, curated by Francesco Dal Co, takes the form of ten temporary chapels, each designed by a different architect. Foster + Partners has designed one of the chapels located in a wooded area at one end of the Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The starting point for the chapel’s design concept was to take three symbolic crosses set in the landscape, draped with a tent-like membrane. As the design evolved, the crosses became a tensegrity structure of cables and masts, whilst the m... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersHotels

The Murray Hotel

The Murray, Hong Kong’s newest luxury hotel has now fully opened to the public. Located on the southern edge of Central with panoramic views of The Peak and the gardens to the south, this major transformation of a listed government office building reinvents this unique urban quarter – stitching together the urban fabric by linking the large green spaces flanking the site to the east and west. Michael Weber Luke Fox, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners said: “Our design for The Murray creates a dialogue between the old and the new – giving the building a new lease of life and a renewed purpose, with a unique sense of character that is embedded within the fabric of the building.” Nigel Young / Foster+Partn... More

Product • By Foster + PartnersNode


The design of a building requires synthesis of several elements – from the structure that holds it up to the material finishes that you touch and see. However, building services – security, fire prevention and ventilation among others – have rarely been seen as an integral part of the design process and considered primarily as regulatory requirements rather than design elements. Node is a fully coordinated family of devices, interfaces, tracks, channels and networks that can harmonise building services with the overall aesthetic of the project. Designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with Price Industries and Artemide, each element shares the same visual characteristics – size, shape and materials, while reducing technical confl... More

Product • By Foster + PartnersOVO range

OVO range

The new OVO range of solid wood furniture, designed by Foster + Partners, is being launched at Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May 2018) as part of the festival’s British Collection. The range celebrates the age-old tradition of craftsmanship in everyday objects, combining durability and careful detailing with a strong materiality to create a range of furniture that is exceptionally tactile and generous.Building on the practice’s earlier partnership with Benchmark to produce bespoke furniture for the Maggie’s cancer centre in Manchester, OVO carries forward the sense of home it brought to the project. Appropriate for both domestic and commercial spaces, the collection comprises of two variants of dining table, accompanying benches, sideboard... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersTrain stations


Foster + Partners has created a video that describes a vision for the future of high-speed transportation. DP World Cargospeed, a collaboration of cargo giant DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One aims to create an infrastructural network that forms a fundamental part of a new ecosystem, in which urban centers, rural landscapes, people & nature are all interconnected. This is a unique project with far-reaching global implications that could have its first step based in Dubai. Across the globe, societies are moving towards an ‘on-demand’ lifestyle where goods and services are expected to move rapidly. Building on cargo’s historic role as the catalyst for transport revolutions, hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves fr... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersShops


Foster + Partners has completed 3Beirut – the first of the practice’s projects in Lebanon. Responding directly to the site and culture of Beirut, the scheme creates a sustainable residential and retail development in the heart of the city. The development also strengthens Beirut’s role as a centre for tourism, commerce, retail and entertainment while providing new green spaces at ground level for the city to enjoy. The scheme is located in Beirut Central District on a prestigious site within the wider Solidere masterplan for the regeneration of the city centre. Particular consideration was given to the public realm and the creation of new pedestrian routes through the site combined with new landscaped spaces that connect the historic cen... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters

11 October 2018 - Bloomberg wins RIBA Stirling Prize 2018  Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, located in the heart of the City of London, has been awarded the Stirling Prize 2018. At the televised award ceremony in London, the judges called the building a “once-in-a-generation project”, that has “not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling.”  The spirit of innovation and collaboration that underpins the building was led by the vision of Mike Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, who said: "When we embarked on this project, we wanted to create a cutting-edge design that would push the boundaries of what an office building could be, which meant setting new stan... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

Apple Michigan Avenue

Inspired by the pulse of Chicago’s artistic energy, Apple has created a new platform for performance in a city charged by music. Located at the intersection of the Chicago River and North Michigan Avenue’s ‘Magnificent Mile’, Apple Michigan Avenue cascades down from Pioneer Court to the river’s edge, creating new connections between the city and the river. The project reflects Apple’s commitment to the cities and communities it inhabits, and is the result of a close collaboration between the design team at Apple led by chief design officer, Sir Jonathan Ive and Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores and Foster + Partners. Sir Jonathan Ive said, “Apple Michigan Avenue is about removing boundaries between i... More

Project • By Foster + PartnersOffices

The Bund Finance Centre

20-Oct-2017 Shanghai waterfront gets an upgrade with Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio’s new Bund Finance Centre The Bund Finance Centre – a major new mixed-use development jointly designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio – is set to revitalise Shanghai’s waterfront. Occupying a prominent site on the Bund, the buildings define the 'end point' to Shanghai's most famous street. The 420,000-square metre masterplan is highly permeable for pedestrians, with the design conceived as a point of connection between the old town and the new financial district. Inspired by this urban context, two 180-metre landmark towers are placed in the south of the site, while the buildings facing the waterfront are staggered in height and... More