Whether it be a conversation about the great architecture of our time, or one in regards to the most innovative artists who have literally shaped the world, the name Norman Foster is sure to rise to the top. The British architect is without question one of the most influential and pioneering artists of all time. His distinctive works seamlessly bridge the gap between the skill of architecture and art.
More commonly known as Sir Norman Foster, he was born in 1935 in England and raised in Manchester. Very early on, he became intrigued by architecture and was initially influenced by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Miles van der Rohe and Le Corbusier. After a stint in the Royal Air Force, Foster was drawn to study architecture at the University of Manchester’s School of Architecture and City Planning and then moving on to receive his Master’s degree in Architect from Yale University. And the rest is history, quite literally.
Foster’s works are inarguably works of art that shine through in this lifetime, and there is no question that his creations will continue to be studied and admired for many generations to come. Since 1967 he has been the Senior Executive of his company, Foster + Partners, who are responsible for some of the most exemplary designs the world has yet to see. Some most noted architecture from his career include the Reichstag New German Parliament, a treasured German landmark complete in 1999, the Millennium Bridge in London, a sharply modern suspension bridge made of steel and Hearst Tower in New York City complete in 2006 known as one of the most “green” buildings in the world. The complete list of Foster’s work include not only some of the largest, well-known towers structures from around the globe, but dozens of other masterpieces from bridges to airports to transportation station buildings. All which have become center pieces of their neighborhoods and landmarks to the residents that admire them.
The most current focus of Foster’s skill is One Hundred East Fifty Third Street in New York City. This Midtown Manhattan residential skyscraper began construction in 2014 and is set to open for future residents in 2017. The tower stands adjacent to the Seagram Building which was complete in 1958, built by one of Foster’s most distinct influences, German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Foster’s aluminum and glass design will stand erect at 61 stories when complete at 711-feet-tall and will be designed to contrast the dark bronzed look of its neighboring Seagram Building.
While the originally coined “Billionaire’s Row” is 57th Street, with the addition of Foster’s newest tower, 53rd street is making its mark on Manhattan as well. When Foster first began his plans for the address some ten years ago, the original building would have added over 200 new luxury hotel rooms to the neighborhood. But, almost thankfully, the original plans were changed and held off until much later. Known most recently as an area solely slated for hotels and office space, Foster’s One Hundred East Fifty Third Street will be a welcoming residential addition to the area.
World renowned interior designer Aby Rosen has teamed up with Foster on crafting the details of the 94-apartments. The building will offer floorplans from lofts on the lower floors up to one, two and three bedroom apartments with prices starting around $3.35 million. The top penthouse will boast four bedrooms with almost 7,000-sq feet of space. Building amenities will spare no expense either. There will be a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, yoga and ballet room, sauna, lap pool, library and resident lounge.
From his earliest works to his most recent, Norman Foster continues to almost effortlessly define himself as one of, if not the top, architect of his time, a true genius of his craft.