Thursday, 16 October 2008 11:12

FOA: John Lewis

“It’s the place you go to buy a bedspread,” says Foreign Office Architects partner Farshid Moussavi, explaining why this John Lewis department store in Leicester is wrapped in patterned fabric.

Published in ICON 060 | June 2008

You have to use your imagination, but in a few months this stark serpentine structure will be sheathed in a canopy of foliage and wild flowers.

Thursday, 23 August 2007 11:54

Manifesto #29 Foreign Office Architects

Manifesto #29 with Foreign Office Architects in London.

Published in MANIFESTOS

When the Twin Towers were completed in 1973, the oil crisis of that year rendered them seemingly impotent. The skyscraper ceased to be a symbol of power and business efficiency and became one of waste.

Published in ICON 048 | June 2007

The world has changed dramatically since the last great "ism" was codified almost a century ago. The social and economic conditions that inspired first artists, then architects and designers, to break with the past and propose a radical agenda for change now no longer exist in the West.

Published in ICON 035 | May 2006

If this is the state of the art, then it is a dispiriting picture. If there is one thing revealing about the sprawling, relentless exhibition that is the 2004 Venice architecture biennale, it is that a new architectural orthodoxy has emerged with such speed that it has exhausted itself within a few years of its inception.

Thursday, 22 March 2007 04:38

Foreign Office Architects

"Suddenly we think our lives are going to be different," exclaims Farshid Moussavi with genuine excitement. "There is a Sainsbury's opening nearby, just around the corner. And a Starbucks." Alejandro Zaera Polo, her husband and partner in foreign office architects, smiles in amused agreement.