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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...