Foster + Partners’ First Project In Vietnam Breaks Ground

The first project in Vietnam for British practice Foster + Partners, the VietinBank Business Centre in Hanoi, has broken ground with a big ceremony last Friday. The landmark towers, strategically located between central Hanoi and the airport, bring together the Bank’s headquarters, conference, hotel and leisure facilities.

The 300,000-square-meter mixed-use development comprises two towers, connected by a seven-story podium building containing conference facilities, luxury shops, cafes and restaurants and topped by roof top gardens. The taller tower, at 68-storys, will provide an energy-efficient new headquarters for VietinBank, one of Vietnam’s largest banking groups. The second, 48-story tower will house a five-star hotel, spa and serviced apartments.

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Foster + Partners’ Lusail Iconic Stadium For Qatar 2022 Is Revealed At “Leaders in Football” Conference In London

As the venue for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid, the Lusail Iconic Stadium will provide a world-class football facility for 86,250 spectators during the opening ceremony, group games and final. Reflecting Doha’s culture and heritage, the stadium is designed to be highly energy efficient and capable of performing in extreme summer climatic conditions.

The stadium has a near-circular footprint and sits on the masterplan’s primary axis, which divides the stadium precinct into two halves. Encircled by a reflective pool of water, spectators cross the ‘moat’ to enter the building via six bridges. An outer pedestrian concourse extends from the water towards an array of smaller amenity buildings and a hotel at the stadium’s perimeter.

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Foster + Partners Reveal Designs For Major New Health City Masterplan

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Foster + Partners has revealed its designs for a 71-hectare teaching and medical facility in Mexico City upon notice of their appointment to the project. Campus Biometropolis masterplan in the south of the city will integrate care facilities with high tech teaching spaces, research institutions and laboratories and feature a vital new nature reserve showcasing the Pedregal lava fields as a highlight of the design.

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Foster + Partners Win Competition For Major Sustainable Masterplan In South Korea

Foster + Partners, together with PHA and Mobility in Chain, has won an international competition to design the masterplan for the expansion of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, an extensive mixed-use scheme encompassing the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun, to the north west of Seoul. Conceived as a self-sufficient, sustainable development, the 300 square-kilometer masterplan will extend organically from a central transportation spine, creating a center for green industry and serving a population that is expected to grow from 35,000 to 320,000 residents and commuters.

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Danish Architects BIG Beat Foster And Hadid

Invited as one of five pre-selected architect led teams, Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) was awarded first prize in an open international design competition which included 19 entrants amongst others Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid.

The new National Library in Astana, named after the first President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, encompasses an estimated 33,000 sq m.

BIG’s design merges four forms – a circle, a rotunda, an arch and a yurt – into an ‘infinite loop’ with a single double-looping surface plane covering the entire building.

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Queen Alia International Airport // Amman // Jordan // Foster + Partners

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The design for the Queen Alia International Airport combines function, technology and a distinct sense of place to provide a greatly expanded and enhanced gateway to the region.

Completion due in 2010.

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Hermitage Plaza // Paris // France // Foster + Partners

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Hermitage Plaza is an ongoing project by Foster + Partners in Paris. The complex will create a new community to the east of La Défense, in Courbevoie, that extends down to the river Seine with cafés, shops and a sunny public plaza at its heart.

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Beach Road // Singapore // Foster + Partners

Occupying an entire city block between the Marina Center and the Civic District, the scheme designed by Foster + Partners will create a 150,000 square meter eco-quarter in downtown Singapore that continues the Singaporean ideal of the ‘city in a garden’ with its lush planting and sky gardens.

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