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An Architect Who Revolutionised Glass in Architecture

11 Apr 2014
Norman Foster epitomises contemporary architecture. His aesthetically ground-breaking concepts have transformed structures and cities – revolutionising architecture for today’s modern world.

Foster’s innovative vision has seen him construct visual landmarks around the world. Moving forward with the times, he has expertly executed the implementation of glass as the focal feature of structures.

[Norman Foster]


His ability to design dramatic creations with agility and finesse has lead to his recognition as one of the world’s leading architects.

30 St Mary’s Axe or better known to most, ‘The Gherkin’, is one of the most widely acknowledged examples of contemporary architecture using glass. Standing at 180m tall (591 ft), it is the second tallest building in the city of London, and one of the first ‘green’ structures to grace London’s skyline.


Skilfully projecting the impression of a curved glass shape from the ground up, Foster’s design in reality only boasts one piece of curved glass – the lens-shaped cap at the very top of the building.

The structure encompasses a grid of steel triangles, slotted together to allow the glass to spiral around, achieving the effect of a wholly curved construction.

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Moving on from the conventional framed systems, Pilkington Planar™ utilises stainless steel fittings housed in countersunk holes, giving architects the opportunity and diversity to create modern, original and fresh buildings.

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