Chances are that most Londoners know it as the Gherkin, but it was born as 30 St. Mary Axe. That’s it above. At the moment, it’s perhaps the most popular and famous work of architect Norman Foster, but he’s had a good few hits, throughout the years.
The Hearst Tower in New York is definitely pretty striking, and Warsaw’s Metropolitan too. You probably saw his Millennium Bridge get destroyed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the I’d Stopped Counting By Then But It Was One Of The Later Ones But Definitely Not The Last One… I Think.
Released on UK DVD next Monday, March 21st, is How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, a documentary profile of the architect and his life’s work. As well as giving a lot of screen time to Foster’s various constructions, the film contains a wealth of interview material with the man himself.
Here’s a clip, in which Foster weighs up (ahem) the risk involved in architecture competitions.
Say… Norman Foster? Competition? Hmmm. I’ve got an idea… watch this space.