Some weeks ago the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), unveiled a major redevelopment and new wing designed by Foster + Partners.
The British architect, born in Manchester, left school at the age of 16 and started his global success in 1961 on a graduate fellowship to Yale and he claims that America gave him a sense of confidence, freedom and self-discovery.
The 1999 Pritzker award winner (equivalent of Nobel for architects) Norman Foster turned 75 this summer and still goes on working hard sustaining a staff of 1000 architects and working on an enormous number of projects: universities, skyscrapers, hospitals, museums, schools and entire city centers, all over the world.
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich- UK, 1974-1978.
Torre de Collserola, Barcelona-Spain,1991.
Stansted Airport, Stansted- UK, 1981-1991.
Reichstag,New German Parliament, Berlin- Germany, 1992-1999.
City Hall, London- UK, 1998-2002.
Masdar Development, Abu Dhabi- United Arab Emirates, 2007-...
This emblematic architect displays at his firm's site a series of quotes, some of which I find truly inspirational.
We design by challenging- by asking the right questions.
We work from the scale of an airport down to the detail of a door handle.
We believe the quality of our surroundings can lift the quality of our lives.