Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving Foster + Partners

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London

Rarely does a single building have such a profound impact on the history of the high-rise as 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin.

51 Lime Street

51 Lime Street, London

51 Lime Street establishes a great dialogue with the existing fabric of historic masonry buildings and more modern glass buildings.

Al Faisaliah Center

Al Faisaliah Center, Riyadh

The Al Faisaliah Center is square in plan with the four corners joining at the top above a golden glass sphere housing a high-end restaurant and observation deck.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is located in the heart of Abu Dhabi at the site of the old Central Market, a traditional crossroads and meeting point in the city.

Comcast Technology Center

Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia

The tower features 13, three-story skygardens that bring vegetation through the height of the tower, as well as a sky bar, 269 meters above ground.

Hearst Tower

Hearst Tower, New York City

The Hearst Headquarters became the first New York City commercial office building to achieve Gold LEED Certification from the US Green Building Council.

Hermitage Plaza

Hermitage Plaza, Courbevoie

Hermitage Plaza is a mixed-use project at the entrance of Europe's biggest central district, across from the Seine River.

Jameson House

Jameson House, Vancouver

The Jameson House continues a pattern of high density mixed-use living and working environments now prevalent in Vancouver.

Lumiere

Lumiere, Sydney

Located in the heart of Sydney's CBD, this 152 meter residential tower is the centerpiece of the Regent Place vertical village.

South Beach

South Beach, Singapore

The South Beach development includes two inclined towers defined by an environmental screen surging from the lower canopy to mitigate harsh sun in the sky gardens and balconies.

The Bow

The Bow, Calgary

The Bow is both stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint, especially in the context of a harsh northern climate.

The Index

The Index, Dubai

The Index is a model for developing sustainable built environments in the Middle East region, as well as other similar climatic environments elsewhere in the world.

The Troika

The Troika, Kuala Lumpur

The three tower complex is located on the edge of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and features apartments, offices, shops, and restaurants.

Torre Caja Madrid

Torre Caja Madrid, Madrid

Designed by Lord Norman Foster, Torre Caja Madrid is the tallest building in the Cuatro Torres Business Area complex.

About Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design practices in the world. Over the past four decades the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture through a strikingly wide range of work, from urban masterplans, public infrastructure, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design. Based in London, with offices worldwide, the practice has an international reputation, with buildings on six continents. Since its inception in 1967 it has received more than 620 awards for excellence and won over 100 national and international competitions.

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Foster + Partners at CTBUH

CTBUH Team Travels to Dubai

31 Jan 2018, CTBUH News – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel-Miller…

CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto

CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto

29 Nov 2017, Event Report – CTBUH Canada held a breakfast event to showcase Toronto's first supertall, The One…

CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference

CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference

13-15 Nov 2017, Event Report – The city of Tel Aviv was honored to host the CTBUH Tel Aviv Regional Conference…

Foster + Partners at CTBUH

CTBUH Team Travels to Dubai
31 Jan 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel-Miller traveled to Dubai in preparation for the 2018 Middle East Conference.
CTBUH Canada: Supertall Toronto
29 Nov 2017, Toronto – Event Report
CTBUH Canada held a breakfast event to showcase Toronto's first supertall, The One, which will stand at 307 meters tall and is currently under construction.
CTBUH Israel’s Tel Aviv Regional Conference
13-15 Nov 2017, Tel Aviv – Event Report
The city of Tel Aviv was honored to host the CTBUH Tel Aviv Regional Conference in collaboration with the annual IACIE conference and CTBUH Israel.
Skyscraper Summit Warms Sydney Up for CTBUH 2017
18 Aug 2017, Sydney – Event Report
A joint venture between the Urban Taskforce and CTBUH delivered a successful “warm-up” event in advance of the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Australia on August 18, 2017.
Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
Ken Shuttleworth: A Journey of Design and Discovery
17 Aug 2016, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Sydney held a collaborative event with UNSW Built Environment, welcoming British architect Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make, to Australia.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
Miami Grows Up
16-20 Feb 2015, Miami – Tour Report
Daniel Safarik, CTBUH China Office Director & Journal Editor, visited Miami to engage with firms, welcome new members, and gain a understanding of a fast growing tall building market.
Foster + Partners Present on The Bow
7 Nov 2013 – Awards Symposium Video and PPT
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare example of an iconic design resulting from the most practical, yet creative…
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH Releases Case Study on The Bow
Sep 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Bow is the latest and most ambitious high-rise development in the Canadian city of Calgary. The client’s aim was to create a world-class building that would be a defining landmark on the city’s skyline.
Jiushi Corporation Headquarters Technical Tour Report
20 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Tour Report
The Jiushi Corporation Headquarters in Shanghai, now over 10 years old, still stands out within its urban context.
Foster + Partners on Sustainability in their Projects
3 Feb 2010 – Conference Video and PPT
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre…
Chris Abel Presentation at IIT: Foster in China
Oct 2008, Chicago – Event Report
Eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners.

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James Pinkerton

James Pinkerton

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, United Kingdom, 2018 – Present
London, United Kingdom

Dave Freedman

Dave Freedman

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, New York City, 2016 – 2017
New York City, United States

Gerard Evenden

Gerard Evenden

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2017
Sydney, Australia

CTBUH Leaders at Foster + Partners

James Pinkerton

James Pinkerton

CTBUH Future Leaders Committee, United Kingdom, 2018 – Present
London, United Kingdom

Dave Freedman

Dave Freedman

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, New York City, 2016 – 2017
New York City, United States

Gerard Evenden

Gerard Evenden

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2017
Sydney, Australia

Ross Palmer

Ross Palmer

CTBUH Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker, 2017
London, United Kingdom

Austin Relton

Austin Relton

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dara Towhidi

Dara Towhidi

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ian Whitby

Ian Whitby

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2018

Muir Livingstone

Muir Livingstone

CTBUH Innovation Conference, Speaker, 2019
Sydney, Australia

Toby Blunt

Toby Blunt

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2015
London, United Kingdom

Norman Foster

Norman Foster

CTBUH Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007
London, United Kingdom

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CTBUH Resources Involving Foster + Partners

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Shining a Light on Livability

30 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference
Michael Goldrick, Frasers Property; Ross Palmer, Foster + Partners

Circular Quay Tower: The Next Tallest Office Building in Sydney

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Gerard Evenden, Foster + Partners

Interview: Ross Palmer & Gerard Evenden

30 Oct 2017 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
Ross Palmer & Gerard Evenden, Foster + Partners

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Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV
CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers

South Beach Towers, Singapore

20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II
Roland Schnizer, Irene Gallou & Adam Davis, Foster + Partners; Chia Wah Kam, Arup; Ho Weng Hin, Studio Lapis

The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects

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Videos

Shining a Light on Livability
30 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Michael Goldrick, Frasers Property; Ross Palmer, Foster + Partners
Perhaps only a few could have predicted the degree to which Lumiere Residences would so thoroughly encapsulate an Australian sensibility toward vertical architecture when it originally completed. Ten years on, the tower’s numerous green features and…
Circular Quay Tower: The Next Tallest Office Building in Sydney
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Gerard Evenden, Foster + Partners
Circular Quay Tower will be the centerpiece of an urban regeneration precinct that will reshape Sydney’s iconic harbour area and central business district. Taking advantage of its topography and unique location near Sydney Harbour, the tower will be…
Interview: Ross Palmer & Gerard Evenden
30 Oct 2017 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Ross Palmer & Gerard Evenden, Foster + Partners
Ross Palmer & Gerard Evenden of Foster + Partners are interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.
Circular Quay Tower: Aligning Private and Public Outcomes
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Ross Palmer, Foster + Partners
Circular Quay Tower is an exceptional example of the private and public sectors working together to transform an area, breathing new life into George Street and giving Circular Quay a stronger identity. Hear from representatives of the tower’s…
Integrating Old with New: Hearst Tower
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Louis Nowikas, Hearst Corporation
Sophisticated, distinctive, and transformative, Hearst Tower has profoundly impacted the skyscraper typology through its first decade of existence. Rarely has a tower so successfully integrated heritage and tradition with contemporary, forward-…
Interview: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid
12 Nov 2015 – 2015 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, & Robert Halvorson, Principal, Halvorson and Partners, are interviewed by Chris Bentley regarding the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Winner, Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi, during the…
A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, Abu Dhabi
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Toby Blunt, Partner, Foster + Partners, and Robert Halvorson, Executive Vice President, Halvorson and Partners, speak at the 14th Annual Best Tall Building Symposium in a presentation entitled "A Landmark in the Heart of the City: Burj Mohammed Bin…
2015 Awards - Session 3 Q&A
12 Nov 2015 – CTBUH "14th Annual Awards"; Chair: Antony Wood, CTBUH
Yoram Eilon, Seinor Vice President, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Kenneth Lewis, Managing Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Hin Kong Poon, Deputy Chief Development Officer, CapitaLand Limited, Shinichi Takeuchi, Chief Architect, Toyo Ito &…
What would a “sustainable” skyscraper look like to you?
Aug 2014 – Monthly Video Series; Clyde Baker, AECOM; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership Ltd.; and Bill Price, WSP Group
Industry leaders answering this question include: Clyde Baker, AECOM; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners; Rem Koolhaas, OMA; Roy Liu, Gravity Partnership Ltd.; and Bill Price, WSP Group.
Best Tall Building Americas: The Bow: Curvature, Sky Gardens & Diagrids
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
The winner of the Best Tall Building Americas award, The Bow is stunning as a form and functions well from an environmental and urban standpoint. It serves as a rare example of an iconic design resulting from the most practical, yet creative,…
Interview: The Bow
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Jack Matthews, Matthews Southwest; Nigel Dancey, Foster + Partners
Jack Matthews and Nigel Dancey discuss The Bow, the Best Tall Building Americas Winner. The stunning form is discussed as a response to the site and program needs as well as to the green strategies employed in the building to make it an icon of the…
What do you think is the best tall building in existence today, and why?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Joseph Rechichi, Forest City Ratner Companies;Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton…
What do you think is the single biggest limiting factor that would prevent humanity creating a mile-high?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Engineers; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Dr. Akira Wada, Architectural Institute of Japan; Toby Blunt,…
Can tall buildings ever truly become carbon-neutral?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Adrian Smith, AS+GG; Craig Webb, Gehry Partners; Matthias Sauerbruch, Sauerbruch Hutton; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Craig Gibbons, Arup; John Bowers, Gehry Partners; Joseph Rechichi,…
Interview: The Index
3 Nov 2011 – 2011 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners
Toby speaks about The Index in Dubai which is the 2011 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa winner. He speaks about the inspirations and design challenges of creating a sustainable mixed-use tower in its climatic context.
Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa: The Index: Passive design for the Middle Eastern High-rise
3 Nov 2011 – CTBUH "10th Annual Awards"; Thomas Wiegand, Union Properties; Toby Blunt, Foster + Partners
The Index has a long but narrow profile which houses its mixed residential-over-office functions within its coherent but well articulated form. The tower has been carefully designed for its climatic context. The building is oriented to reduce solar…
The Re-making of Mumbai: Search for an Appropriate Skyscraper Response
4 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Antony Wood, CTBUH
In the early part of 2009, twelve students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, under the tutelage of Professor Antony Wood and working together with the Remaking of Mumbai Federation and the Mumbai architectural colleges of Rizvi and Sir JJ,…
The Sustainable City
3 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; David Nelson, Foster + Partners
Sustainability has been a central theme of Foster + Partners’ work for more than 40 years,with buildings like the Reichstag in Berlin (1992-99) and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt (1991-1997). Most recently, the design of Masdar, a 1,483-acre,…
Foster in China
31 Oct 2008 – CTBUH Leader Presentations & Meetings; Chris Abel
Eminent academic and author Chris Abel presents a detailed overview of the Chinese work of architecture firm Norman Foster and Partners at S. R. Crown Hall at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.
Structural Design Innovation: Russia Tower and Other Tall Collaborations
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
Robert Halvorson, of Halvorson and Partners, presented a number of tall buildings created through the collaboration of the practices of his firm and Lord Foster's, Foster and Partners. The designs are placed in context with the fundamental principles…
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards
25 Oct 2007 – Awards Symposium & Dinner Videos; Dinner 2007
The CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Dinner, set within the atmospheric setting of Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, celebrated the remarkable achievements of a number of distinguished individuals and project teams…
The Tapered of Tilted, Twisted and Tapered: Moscow City Tower
25 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Robert A. Halvorson, Halvorson & Partners
Robert A. Halvorson, Halvorson & Partners discusses the design process between Foster and Halvorson that led to the unique Moscow City Tower design at the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held at the Herman Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology. The…

Papers/Research

Connecting the City: People, Density & Infrastructure
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; CTBUH 2017 Conference Speakers
The future of humanity on this planet relies on the collective benefits of urban density; reducing both land consumption and the energy needed to construct and operate the horizontally dispersed city. Tall buildings must now be the vehicles for…
South Beach Towers, Singapore
20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Roland Schnizer, Irene Gallou & Adam Davis, Foster + Partners; Chia Wah Kam, Arup; Ho Weng Hin, Studio Lapis
After more than 100 years, an area of Singapore formerly off-limits to the public has been transformed into a new mixed-use development that combines two landmark towers, historic preservation of colonial military buildings, and a flowing canopy at…
The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects
This paper will reveal the importance of integrating the Ground Plane, Mid-Level and Rooftop Urban Public Spaces in the City. We will explore the NYLON New York/London axis of Urban Design, with London now emerging as a 21st C skyscraper city with…
Interconnectivity of Design and Construction for Complex Towers in Relation to Movement Issues
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Mark Lavery, Tim Kelly & Anil Hira
As the trend for complex architectural forms continues, the relationship between design and construction has become ever more interdependent. Where this interdependency was once limited to distinct elements, such as outriggers, and vertical…
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
Case Study: The Bow, Calgary
Sep 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue III; James Barnes, Foster + Partners; Jonathan Hendricks, Yolles
The Bow is the latest and most ambitious high-rise development in the Canadian city of Calgary. The client’s aim was to create a world-class building that would be a defining landmark on the city’s skyline.
Development of Innovative Structures for Supertall and Unique Towers
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; John Viise, Yantong Zhao & Robert Halvorson, Halvorson and Partners
As tall buildings grow to greater heights and strive to incorporate more unique forms, clarity in the development of the structural system at conceptual design is essential. These types of projects must be rooted in fundamental principles, including…
Bridging the Gap: Proposed Evacuation Links at Height in the World Trade Center Design Entries
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Antony Wood & Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper proposes to analyse in detail the skybridge links of the WTC replacement designs – impact on evacuation, structure, façade, tower operation etc – with the aim of establishing the advantages of such linkages, and how these could be…
Millenium Tower 150-story (Japan)
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Keizo Shimizu, Nippon ERI Co
The paper provides images that relate to the 150-Story Millennium Tower, proposed by Foster and Partners in 1989.

Foster + Partners Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 26 Completed21 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 3 Completed5 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 10 Years
Most Common Function office, 23 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 22 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Foster + Partners

1   Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid 2014 381 m Abu Dhabi
2   VietinBank Business Center Office Tower 2021 363 m Hanoi
3   Comcast Technology Center 2018 342 m Philadelphia
4   The Index 2010 326 m Dubai
5   Varso Tower 2020 310 m Warsaw
6   50 Hudson Yards 2022 308 m New York City
7   The One 2022 306 m Toronto
8   NBK Tower 2019 300 m Kuwait City
9   ICD Brookfield Place 2019 282 m Dubai
10   Oceanwide Center Tower 1 2021 277 m San Francisco
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.

The building list and facts show buildings involving Foster + Partners, Foster Associates