The Curve in the Sky Architecture in London today


or what strikes me so much during walks

Architecture articulates movement of man and the perception of space defined by walls and openings. The architect Norman Foster, who worked with and learned from the forward-thinking Buckminster Fuller, represents those leading architecture into the future. He thinks technologically but remains connected to nature and to the origins of living in indigenous architecture. Foster emphasizes the importance of light, wide view perspectives, and building location in relation to the sun, sky, and landscape because architecture should convey a good feeling.

In the Hearst Tower in New York City Foster has combined the historical pedestal with a cutting-edge sustainable architecture of glass and steel. While the older base appears compact and closed, the facade of the new building, which rises on the pedestal, is transparent with large windows and clad in a fine, seemingly light steel net.

Here, Foster introduced a curved architecture, which creates a visual game with human perception. The curve also became the key aspect of the newly built Principal Tower in London's Shoreditch, the city's financial and creative district. Foster curved the window fronts, permitting multiple views, and maintained a harmonious and balanced architecture that offers residents an optimal view of the London skyline. To achieve this, he transposes the inside and outside; the core of the skyscraper is transferred from its interior to the facade. The tower represents a trend in the newly built London landmarks that have been transforming the skyline of the city for a bit longer than one decade. This trend will have a significant impact on the city's style and the resident's lifestyle. The historically grown core of the city remains stable and sophisticated, but at its edges-especially on the River Thames and in the East-skyscrapers break the traditional feel of the city's residential streets of terraced houses. The New York concept of skyscraper micro-communities is now a reality in London, and it will continue to evolve as London continues to change and develop. London is an international metropolis of eight million people. According to Foster, cities are developing into compact communities, and that makes them grow upwards.

Foster's residential design masterpiece offers the ultimate elation of living in a high-tech architectural idea that has become a reality - that's not inexpensive - not a surprise in London. However, in case there is currently a smaller budget, that can even consider, for example, a roof window on the top floor of a four-storey, terraced house in London's central district. It opens to a view of the sky and lets light into a small bedroom in the early morning beautifully.