Lord Norman Foster commissions Arts University Bournemouth students to recreate original model

By Arts University Bournemouth

Lord Norman Foster commissions Arts University Bournemouth students to recreate original model

Students at AUB have been working hard to recreate the original model of one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks, the Reichstag dome, following a commission from Lord Norman Foster.

Lord Foster visited the AUB campus earlier this week to take a look at the models and to give a lecture to Modelmaking, Architecture, and Interior Architecture and Design students.

The students have also been recreating models of Lord Foster’s early designs from the 1960s, using original tools and techniques, for The Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid opening in 2017.

Paul Johnson, Course Leader for Modelmaking at AUB said: “AUB has been collaborating with Foster + Partners for 20 years now. They have a great demand for architectural models and our relationship has really grown out of that. We are one of the few courses in the UK able to deliver a commission like this.

“Foster + Partners offer work experience opportunities to our students and most of them spend time there learning from the team. They also sponsor our graduate show, New Blades, each year.”

Foster + Partners was founded in London in 1967 and over nearly five decades has been responsible for a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and furniture design.

Notable buildings by his practice Foster + Partners include the Hong Kong International Airport, American Air Museum Duxford, Hearst Tower in New York City and Torre de Collserola in Barcelona. He also designed many of London’s most famous buildings, including the Great Court at the British Museum, Wembley Stadium, the Millennium Bridge and the Gherkin building.

Lord Foster was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1983, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal in 1994 and was the Pritzker Prize Laureate in 1999.

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