Îlot 19 La Défense-Nanterre, France

Îlot 19 is the first new housing to have been built in La Défense for  30 years. It is radical in its approach to mixed-tenure residential design: while affordable housing is often designed to look simple and inexpensive, Ilot 19 is a highly crafted building that, regardless of affluence, pro...

Ismaili Center Houston

Situated on Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard, the Ismaili Center is commissioned by His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network. Dedicated to advancing pluralism, public understanding and civic outreach, th...

Separation and unity, Lot 19 Residential Block, La Défense–Nanterre

Separation and unity  Lot 19 Residential Block, La Défense–Nanterre In a 1977 lecture titled “How to live together”, Roland Barthes asked: how distant from others must we keep ourselves to develop a sociability with them, whilst maintaining our individual freedom? Two years late...

Zabludowicz Collection extension, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London

John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex, Leicester

Commissioned within a larger city centre regeneration scheme, the John Lewis Department Store and Cineplex challenge the conventional blank envelopes which typify these buildings and explore ways for them to connect to an urban context. The department store skin has been designed as a ‘net curt...

La Folie Divine, Montpellier

La Folie Divine is the first of two apartment buildings, described as ‘folies’, which have been commissioned by the City of Montpellier in the eighteenth century tradition of grand mansions surrounded by gardens. The nine-storey tower redefines the notion of luxury through offering privacy and f...

Yokohama International Port Terminal, Yokohama, Japan

The Yokohama International Port Terminal disrupts the sense of monumentality that typifies passenger port terminals and contributes to their isolation from daily life. In order to combat this, the terminal has been designed to merge with the landscape of the city’s harbor and serve as a public spa...

Magdalene Odundo: the Journey of Things, The Hepworth Wakefield

Kenyan-born Magdalene Odundo OBE is one of the world’s most esteemed ceramic artists. This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from a...

Is this Tomorrow? Whitechapel Gallery, London

The world is defined by diversity: different ideas, people and things. Borders between countries that have become sites of contention during the last two decades – such as the border between Mexico and the USA, between Spain and Morocco, between China and North Korea, between Iran and Pakistan, be...

Private House, Hove

National Portrait Gallery, London

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130 Fenchurch Street, London

The new building at 130 Fenchurch Street is designed as a 17-storey mid-rise tower providing 26,007sqm NIA (279,938sqft) of Grade A commercial office space. The site of 130 Fenchurch Street is located in the City of London’s ‘Eastern Cluster’, an area within London’s cityscape which is de...

Carabanchel Social Housing, Madrid

The Carabanchel social housing project is one hundred social housing units on the outskirts of Madrid.  Its site, located within a regeneration area, is bounded by a new urban park on the west and on the north, east and south with similar housing blocks. Regulations set the number of units and ...

Harrods Toys Department, London

The design of Harrods Toys Department celebrates toys in a gender neutral environment and provides a sensory experience to distinguish shopping for toys at Harrods from buying the same toys online.  The concept uses colour to encourage children to interact with the space in a similar way that c...

Victoria Beckham Flagship Store, London

The Victoria Beckham flagship store is located within a three-storey Georgian townhouse on Dover Street in London’s Mayfair. Modelled on the typology of a gallery, it has a simple frameless glass frontage without a window display, encouraging views of a dramatic, three-storey interior. The des...

Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland, USA

MOCA Cleveland is a contemporary art museum designed to serve as a public ‘living room’ in a cosmopolitan Cleveland neighborhood, and to act as a catalyst for creativity and growth for the city. Its twisting architectural form shifts from a compact hexagonal base to a rectangular roof, creating ...

Borderouge lot 22

Harrods World

Gare de Noisy-Champs, Paris

One of the unique characteristics of any metro is the way it brings strangers into contact with one another. It is a readymade space of cultural exchange. In much the same way as browsing the internet is a journey of accident and experimentation which can lead people to the discovery of things they ...

Old Street station, London

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OSZ Chemistry Physics Biology, Berlin

The new science college building for the OSZ in Berlin Neukoelln, is situated in the north-east of the site to create a well-lit south facing garden. The building volume is bent to orientate itself towards the garden and establish a dialogue with it. This introduces a curvature to the building floor...

National Stadium Japan, Tokyo

We have approached the design of the overall site around the concept of the “Stadium in the Park”, where the stadium is placed within a continuous green landscape that mediates between different levels of the site with its various slopes and berms and two landbridges that cross over the Tokyo Me...

Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, London

The site of the bridge is located along the River Thames to connect Nine Elms Riverside (US Embassy / Embassy Gardens) to Pimlico Gardens. The bridge is intended to provide walk and cycle access between a number of popular destinations such as between the new US Embassy in Nine Elms, Victoria Statio...

Whitechapel Market Arboretum, London

Whitechapel market, located between Vallance Road on the west and Cambridge Heath Road on the east, is a vibrant and diverse local urban destination that attracts both regular visitors as well as people from all over London. The market on the north side of Whitechapel Road and opposite the Royal Lon...

Private Villa, Burnier, Switzerland

The site, located on a hillside of the exclusive north bank of Lake Geneva, benefits from a spectacular view of the mountain at Thollon les Mémisis. The villa, comprising of five bedrooms, a large entertainment suite, pool and spa area, home office, underground garage and wine cellar, is designe...

South-East Coastal Park, Barcelona

The South-East Coastal Park and Auditoriums was part of the infrastructure built by the City of Barcelona as Host City for the International Forum of Cultures in 2004 and was required to provide two open-air auditoriums and abundant vegetation in a coastal location exposed to salty breeze. The site ...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Swimming Pool, London

The Wapping pier head is comprised of two elements of special interest: mature green landscape and proximity to water. Presently these are connected by a small slope that fails to bring people in contact with the Thames. The site is therefore a great opportunity to create a modest but dynamic public...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Waterpark, London

London is already home to nearly eight and a half million people, and as number of people living and working in the city grows, its leisure spaces become even more crucial to alleviate the intensity of urban life. Current leisure spaces are already in high demand, and in light of the city's continuo...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Cycle Bridge, London

This proposal for a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Thames was developed to create much-needed connections between Limehouse and Rotherhithe, linking existing walking and cycle routes between Barclay's Cycle Highway and Regent's Canal, Limehouse Cut and the Thames Path and the Thames...

Les Galeries Lafayette, 52 Av. Des Champs-Élysées, Paris

The Galeries Lafayette 52 AV. Des Champs-Élysées project is a competition proposal for a new concept department store on four floors of an existing building on Avenue Des Champs-Élysées. The existing building includes a central atrium with an art deco glass dome, marble-clad steel structural col...

Public Spaces Along the Thames – Cycle Highway, London

In the past decade, 155% more Londoners have started cycling to work. TfL anticipates that this figure, which is in part due to the four new Barclays Cycle Superhighways, will rise by a further 35% by 2015 in response to the introduction of another nine Superhighways. These Cycle Superhighways provi...

Ravensbourne College, London

Ravensbourne College is a university sector college in the field of digital media and design. Completed in 2010, the new building sits next to The O2 in the Greenwich Peninsula. By moving from outer London to a new purpose-built building in inner London, the College aimed to bring the institution cl...

Housing Prototype

Werner Capital housing prototype   ...

Ilot PSA Citroën, Nantes

The Îlot PSA Citroën project is is a mixed-use development comprising market and social housing, offices and retail elements. The residential and office components are each accommodated into discrete compact volumes for maximum spatial, and arranged in such a way as to create a large open space. T...

Residences for Artists and Researchers, Paris

The site of the residential complex for artists and researchers on Île Seguin was previously the former home of the Renault factory in Paris. It is bordered on one side by the river Seine and on the other by a large park designed by Michel Devigne. Each building on the Île was required to integrat...

ZAC Eurêka – Îlot 21, Castelnau-le-Lez, France

Adaptive re-use of 20 Eastbourne Terrace, London

20 Eastbourne Terrace is an early 1960s sixteen storey office tower that was to be refurbished for residential use. The building forms part of the Land Securities estate facing Paddington station, with the two buildings to either side, 10 and 30 Eastbourne Terrace, having been recently refurbished a...

Bastion St Antoine Archaeological Museum, Geneva

Tampere Art Museum, Tampere

Science Museum Entrances and Patrons’ Centre at The Science Museum, London

Guggenheim Competition, Helsinki

Our proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki is an infinitely adaptable structure that both accommodates the diversity of art - now and its indeterminate future - in its very structure and composition, and mediates between the museum as a place for encountering art and the city of Helsinki without makin...

London 2012 Olympic Park, London

The London 2012 Olympic Park in the Lea Valley is designed around the concept of the “Games in the Park”, with sports venues placed within a green landscape which is a continuation of the Lea Valley Park and crosses the Thames towards Greenwich. This strategy has huge post-Olympic regenerative p...

Spanish Pavilion at the 2005 World Expo, Aichi, Japan

The Spanish Pavilion at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan, explored the cultural hybridisation which has been a central theme throughout Spanish history. In particular, the pavilion focused on the architectural potenial of hybridisation of the European Jewish-Christian cultures and the Islamic occ...

The Virtual and Architecture, From Life, Royal Academy, London

Inherent in every great building are ideas or concepts that transcend the actual building itself and have the potential to be actualized in a number of other ways to generate other buildings. They are what Gilles Deleuze would call the virtual in the actual or real, a kind of potentiality that can b...

Architecture Room, Royal Academy 2017 Summer Exhibition, London

Architects make conceptual drawings, models and sketches to generate ideas for a building; images, models, and computer animation may then be deployed to present these ideas to clients and end-users; and a set of co-ordinated drawings needs to be made for use in the construction process. If examples...

Architecture and Its Affects at the Arsenale, 13th Venice Biennale, Venice

Affects in buildings are the ground through which architecture must now engage with everyday life and culture. Whereas historically architecture strove towards meanings for such a ground, comprehension of meanings requires a shared understanding that does not exist in todays plural society. Affects ...

Proposal for a temporary pavilion – Pavilion 1

Proposal for a temporary pavilion – Pavilion 2

Proposal for a temporary pavilion – Pavilion 3

Next at the British Pavilion, 8th Venice Biennale, Venice

In 2002 the British Council selected Foreign Office Architects to create a site-specific installation to represent Britain at the 8th Venice Architecture Biennale. In response to the Biennale’s theme, Next, the installation used FOA's own Yokohama International Ferry Terminal project to answer the...

Future City: Experiment and Utopia in Architecture 1956 – 2006 at the Barbican Art Gallery, London

Commissioned by The Barbican, Future City: Experiment and Utopia in Architecture 1956 - 2006, was designed as an exhibition to chart the development of experimental architecture since 1956. The Barbican Art Gallery asked: "What would it be like to live in a hairy house, a floating city, or an inf...

Villajoyosa Municipal Police Headquarters, Villajoyosa, Spain

Designed as the headquarters for the Municipal Police in Villajoyosa, the building occupies a triangular site delimited by the railway station and the main highway access to the town centre. The building's irregular pentagonal footprint is kept as compact and low so as not to interrupt the large mou...

La Rioja Technology Transfer Centre, La Rioja, Spain

Located on the outskirts of Logroño, the capital of La Rioja region, the Technology Transfer Centre integrates several academic environments - a national IT training centre, a technology transfer centre for IT research and development and an incubator for IT-related businesses - into a single build...

Torrevieja Municipal Theatre and Auditorium, Torrevieja, Spain

The Torrevieja Municipal Theatre and Auditorium was commissioned as part of a larger urban infrastructure program intended to raise Torrevieja's profile beyond its status as a mass tourist destination. Located on a corner site of a block in the town centre, the project comprises a 650-seat theatr...

BBC Music Box, London

This project was designed to house the BBC’s three orchestras and a large amount of additional office space on the new White City Campus. The proposal aimed to engage the essence of the BBC as a public Broadcasting Corporation by visually connecting the space of the studio with the space of t...

Banque Libano-Française, Beirut

The site for the BLF New Headquarters is located in the heart of the Mar Mikhael district, that presents a mix of living, working and leisure uses. It is charged with the opportunity to be conceived as a hybrid development that interweaves the bank headquarters with public functions in order to rema...

IOC Headquarters The Olympic Campus, Lausanne

The new IOC Headquarters is designed to replace the existing Olympic House with a compact courtyard building, to minimize the amount of park ground occupied by the new headquarters whilst providing an office building with the best environmental performance. The courtyards bring in light, natural ven...

Dulnyouk Publishers, Paju, Korea

This project provides Dulnyouk Publishers with a new facility which consolidates their directive, administrative and editorial facilities. It is located in Paju Book City, a strategically-designed satellite town of Seoul intended centralise the editorial business in the region. The site is a 2000m2 ...

Trinity EC3, London

Trinity EC3 was part of a regeneration project comprising 120,000m² of office space and 2500m² of retail facilities in one of the most degraded parts of London’s financial district. The project aimed to improve the site by increasing density levels through a coordinated reorganisation of public ...

World Trade Centre 1 – Bundle Towers, New York

The Bundle Towers is a proposal for the replacement of the World Trade Centre 1 with a new high-rise typology. The evolution of the highrise has involved a process in which the increase in height of the skyscraper has each time resulted in the concentration of  more structure along the peripher...

World Trade Centre 2 – Ground Zero Memorial & Towers, New York

United Towers is a proposal for a new World Trade Centre in New York by Foreign Office Architects as part of United Architects. The design envisages the entire World Trade Centre site as a living memorial which is a monument to the tragedy of 9/11. Preserving the sunken footprints of the original Wo...

Victoria Beckham Store, Hong Kong

The Victoria Beckham Hong Kong store occupies a corner space within Landmark Shopping Centre. The design provides a variety of experiential moments that invite different types of interaction in time and space. Garments hanging from distinctive zig-zag rails provide the only colour and softness, set ...

Daniel w. Fletcher Pop-Up Store, London

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Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex, Istanbul

The Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex performs not just a as an efficient retail complex but as an urban centre in one of the fastest growing areas of Istanbul. Located in a suburban area on the Asian sector of Istanbul, the site borders an IKEA as well residential plots to be developed in the nea...

Bluemoon Hotel, Groningen

The project, which was part of the Blue Moon masterplan by Toyo Ito, was intended to intensify the connection between Groningen City and its new extension. The brief required the 5 x 5 m site in the Schuitenwerksquartier area – historically characterised by boat traffic, sluices, docks and pens...

Les Galeries Lafayette, Boulevard Hausmann, Paris

The Galeries Lafayette Lumiere is a competition proposal for the Haussmann store, the headquarters of the brand in Paris, to change the existing store to meet 21st century retail demands. The existing store is distinguished by the magnificent dome over its central atrium which, when it first opened ...

BHV, Paris

Belgo Zuid, London

Belgo is an international restaurant chain which serves Belgian food - moules, frites and biere - and takes Belgian idiosyncrasies as its design theme. Our strategy was to explore the formal, structural and organisational qualities of this brief beyond their intentionally kitsch origins.Mussel shell...