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Mon 13.12.

Faustino Winery by Foster+Partners (UK)

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 13.12.2010 - Tagged as: , ,

Faustino Winery by Foster+Patners

You could imagine a bald supervillain called Ernst Stavro Blofeld caressing his white Persian cat and telling a smart Roger Moore his plans of conquering eternal power over the universe – no we are not on a futuristic James Bond film set, we are in the new, giant winery of the Spanish label Faustino, recently completed by Foster+Partners.

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CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

Foster + Partners recently unveiled the CircleBath. It is the first hostpital the London based practice designed. CircleBath is expected to open to patients in February.

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“The compact design encourages a sense of community and well-being with facilities more comparable to a luxury hotel rather than a traditional hospital. The three-storey hospital is set into the hills on the edge of protected green belt nine kilometres south east of Bath. It is planned around a central light filled atrium, promoting a sense of orientation and intimacy that is commonly lacking in larger hospitals.

Public entry is from the road on the north directly into the atrium on the ground level floor. The northern façade comprises dark panelling at the lower levels, while on the south, extensive glazing opens out to views over the surrounding rolling countryside. Appearing to float above this recessive skirting, the rectangular upper volume and roof, enclosing all twenty-eight bedrooms, is clad in a reflective lattice of aluminium shingles.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“The double-height atrium forms the focus for patients, staff and visitors, with private consultation rooms leading from it at ground level and in-patient bedrooms arranged around it above. The main reception point, café and nurses’ station occupy the atrium where daylight, drawn through the circular sky lights, is softened by a translucent fabric ribbon tracing the shapes. The colour palette is a warm and friendly mix of ochre and rust, with natural wood acoustic panels above, interspersed with glass panels providing a visual connection to the atrium from the bedroom floor.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

“Throughout the building, there is an emphasis on natural light and views: operating theatres and recovery spaces on the lower level are fully glazed to the south, looking out on to a private garden. The bedrooms on the upper floor look out onto balconies, planted with herbs and shrubs, lining the building’s perimeter and oriented to maximise views across the countryside. Sympathetic landscaping emphasises the therapeutic natural environment to create the opposite of an institutional atmosphere.

Divisions between departments are minimal, easing the stress involved in consultation, treatment and recovery for patients and reducing walking distances for staff.”

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

CircleBath by Foster + Partners, photo by Nigel Young

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Sat 14.11.

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 14.11.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Recently the new Langley Academy in Berkshire / UK, designed by Foster + Partners opened its gates.

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

“With an enclosed full-height atrium at the heart of the three-storey building, the social life of the school revolves around this assembly space for 1,100 students. A recurrent element in several other of Foster + Partners’ academy buildings, the atrium is defined by a sense of transparency and openness – like a gallery of learning – which in this case also resonates with the museum theme. Inside the atrium there are three yellow drums raised above the floor on circular columns. These two-storey pods house the Academy’s ten science laboratories, reinforcing the importance of science teaching. A dedicated sports and culture block contains specialist facilities for music and drama including a fully equipped theatre, a TV and sound recording studio, soundproofed practice rooms and a rehearsal space, sports hall and lecture theatre. The academy’s two light and airy covered streets extend from the atrium and are lined with 38 classrooms.”

 The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

“The environmental features save 20% in water consumption and approximately 150 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to a traditional academy and are used in the teaching of science and environmental issues. Students can see the solar collectors on the roof and the workings of the exposed plant room, as well as the network of pipes that illustrate how energy is generated and carried through the building. Rain water is collected and stored and grey water filtered for reuse in sanitation and irrigation; a system of horizontal louvers provides shade; and the building has been configured to allow out-of-hours use by the wider community, ensuring its sustainability over time. Foster + Partners and Buro Happold collaborated on the environmental design.”

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

Nigel Dancey, a senior partner and design director at Foster + Partners said:
“Environmental performance and appearance are indivisible at The Langley Academy. The school pioneers a revolutionary new educational concept which draws on the theme of museums and galleries, so that the school itself is like an exhibit, with its physical manifestation a showcase and educational tool for environmental design.”

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

The Langley Academy by Foster + Partners

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Wed 22.4.

Riva Hotel in Heathrow by Foster + Partners

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 22.04.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

The new Riva Hotel: 'wrapped in a unifying glass envelope'

The new Riva Hotel: 'wrapped in a unifying glass envelope'

Foster + Partners’ design for a new five-star hotel on Bath Road, close to Heathrow Airport has been approved by the Mayor of London. The only five-star hotel in the area, it will offer a range of services, including the most extensive conference facilities of any London hotel, to serve the local community and businesses, as well as passengers using Heathrow.

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The hotel, developed by Riva Properties is characterised by a distinctive layered glass shell, which floods the public spaces with daylight and contributes to a highly efficient energy strategy. Articulated as a 13-storey structure, several levels are sunk into the ground, keeping the building’s profile low in response to the immediate surroundings.

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