Press release

26 September 2014

Foster + Partners: the Art of Architecture opens at Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art

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‘The Art of Architecture’: Foster + Partners: will be staged at the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, from 27 September 2014 to 18 January 2015. This touring exhibition is the first survey of the work of Foster + Partners, the internationally renowned architectural practice led by Norman Foster, in Taiwan. Arranged around the themes of infrastructure, high-rise, urban design, history and culture the works on display highlight the incredible diversity of the practice’s work.

The exhibition includes some of the world’s most recognisable buildings and structures, such as the Millau Viaduct in France, the Reichstag in Berlin and London’s Swiss Re headquarters tower. It also introduces new projects in Taiwan, which include a new science museum in Keelung and a residential development in Kaohsiung.

The exhibition offers visitors a unique insight into the workings of the studio and the integrated design process, in which architects and engineers work together, alongside specialists from many other disciplines, such as interiors, urban designers, environmental analysts and geometry specialists. It also explores the use of different tools – while the computer has revolutionised the way designers work, drawing and model making still play an important role. The exhibition includes original sketches, models and a special exhibit, which follows the entire design process from first client meeting to analysis of the completed building.

“Sustainability has always been a central theme of our work. We believe that the best architecture comes from finding a balance between old and new, whether that means retrofitting existing cities or creating sustainable new communities,” said David Nelson, Senior Partner and Head of Design, Foster + Partners. “The projects on display demonstrate how the international scope of our work has widened over the past forty years. But regardless of the changing nature of architectural practice, the same set of values underpins every design, in spite of its size or type. Everything is driven by the same pursuit of quality,” added David. “The exhibition explores how the different teams in our studio work together – and how, when it comes to design and innovation, this integrated thinking sets Foster + Partners apart.”