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The Norman Foster Foundation opens its headquarters in Madrid

JUN/17

The English architect Norman Foster has opened a new cultural institution for interdisciplinary research, education, and projects in the fields of architecture, design, and urbanism.


The foundation will work globally from a former residential palace on Madrid’s Calle Monte Esquinza, which houses its archive, library and study spaces. The Norman Foster studio within the foundation has designed and realized the pavilion, a new one-story structure in the foundation´s courtyard. Contrasting with the historical building, the pavilion uses a laminated glass wall structure to support a glass fiber roof to create a floating structure with no visible means of support. Artist Cristina Iglesias has designed a canopy to cover part of the entrance courtyard, which also provides shade for the façade. The pavilion will be used for the foundation's programmes and events and will also house a collection of objects and visual material that has inspired Norman Foster throughout his career.


The decision to establish the foundation as an independent entity, separate from the architectural practice of Foster + Partners, grew out of the perceived need for a permanent physical space that could house the archive and study center, receive students and graduates, and present programmes and projects. At the foundation’s core is its archive: established in 2015, it holds 74,000 objects—including drawings, models, photographs, sketchbooks and memorabilia—from the 1950s to the present, and it constitutes the primary source of information on the life, work, and ideas of Norman Foster and the practices he has led. The archive´s database is openly available online through the Norman Foster Foundation’s website.


Starting in June 2017 and coinciding with its launch in Madrid, the Foundation will announce a series of educational and research initiatives, projects, and publications forged in collaboration with likeminded institutions around the world. To date, the Foundation has collaborated with institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge (MIT), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL), the Polytechnic University in Madrid, and the University of Cambridge and Bournemouth University in the UK.


NORMAN FOSTER FOUNDATION

Monte Esquinza, 48
28010 Madrid. Spain

T/+34 912 191 547

www.normanfosterfoundation.org


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