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  1. The Buildings of Norman Foster
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The Retreat, as built, is distinguished by its departure from that almost all that this initial sketch evokes: a modernist box with a glass frame onto its surroundings. Instead, the Retreat developed in later sections takes the slope toward the water as an opportunity to merge architecture with the ground itself. Designed as a small, self-contained space that compliments the Creek Vean House, the Retreat at Pill Creek embeds itself in the hill and creates a panoramic enclosure from which to take in the coast and sailboats below.

The perspectival sketches from inside the Retreat conjure what Foster has described as a delicate balance between immersion into sky and water and a sense of shelter and comfort achieved by nesting the building's in the terrain. As the first project completed by Team 4, the first architectural studio formed by Norman Foster, Wendy Foster, Su Rogers, and Richard Rogers, the Retreat serves as a useful frame of reference for the ways in which future projects would take intimate, site-specific approaches to designing with landscape.

The Retreat's other name, 'The 'Cockpit' further alludes to the way in which Foster's technical and machine-based fascinations find a creative union with the natural. The Retreat's scale and intimate relationship with landscape become all the more significant when considered in the context of the megastructure-inspired works that coloured Foster's education at Yale just two years before.

The Retreat's compliment, The House at Creek Vean also takes the hill as a starting point for form and programmatic organisation. The plans for the House demonstrate the way in which the staircase descending to the boathouse and water below form a fundamental outdoor axis that intersects with the main internal axis of the house.

With the roof and external stair path planted with flowers and greenery, the exterior of the house seen in the West Elevation appears on the hill like a terraced garden while the interior takes advantage of this siting to create major floor-to-ceiling glass vistas from almost every room. Custom commercial and editorial rights. Tell us how you want to use this image to get personalized pricing.

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The Buildings of Norman Foster

Easy-access agreement. Architectural Record. What Foster has achieved is nothing less than the reinvention of the skyscraper. The result is innovative not just technically in its structural and servicing solutions but also socially. Germany Gerling Ring. China Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Headquarters. Malaysia Ilham Tower. Spain Torre Cepsa. The Netherlands EY Headquarters.


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