Foster and Partners
London SW11 4AN
Foster and Partners 1990
Foster and Partners'
studio is in an unconventionally-mixed-use building on the south bank of
the Thames. Above the dramatic, double-height studio are five floors of
private apartments, topped by a single apartment covering the whole
building, which is Norman Foster's private home.
The studio itself is
a single open-plan and egalitarian space accommodating 250 people at rows
of Foster-designed workbenches. The scale of the studio, the high ceiling
and windows looking directly over the Thames, the mezzanine gallery of
conference rooms and spaces, and the ubiquitous models of past and present
projects, all combine to give the space its stimulating character.
Simon Glynn 2004
How to visit
Riverside Three is on the south bank of
the Thames between Albert Bridge and Battersea Bridge.
By tube it is not particularly
accessible; best is to walk south towards Albert Bridge from South
Kensington tube station or southwest from Sloane Square (a good 15 minutes).
The best public transport approach is the No. 19 bus, heading southwest (out
of town) from anywhere along Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge,
Sloane Square or King's Road. The best view of the building is from across
the river from Cheyne Walk, the promenade along the north bank of the
The Foster office is not normally
open to the public, but look out for
opportunities in London's annual late-September 'open house' weekend (www.londonopenhouse.org).
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