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Norman Fosters Porträt auf dem Titelbild, Foto © Weston Wells

The renowned magazine Domus has been able to recruit British architect Norman Foster as “Guest Editor 2024”. With him, the “10 x 10 x 10” project is entering its seventh round and is gradually approaching the centenary of Domus, which is due in 2028. A century, as current editor-in-chief Walter Mariotti puts it, “after Gio Ponti and Gianni Mazzocchi realized their childhood dream” of deciphering the world through architecture, design, art and the life associated with it. According to Mariotti, it is difficult to describe Norman Foster in a few lines: As a British architect with an international vocation, he has been “the leading name in global architecture for more than sixty years”. What’s more, Foster is “a living legend” with the ability to “read reality and design solutions in all areas of life, from everyday design details to large-scale mobility infrastructures”.

While Foster’s early projects had “a decidedly technology-oriented character” and focused “on structural aspects”, the architect later succeeded in shaping his own style, while constantly renewing it. In 1987, he and his office Foster + Partners received the prestigious Compasso d’Oro design award for the Nomos system of office desks and tables, which he designed for the Italian company Tecno; in 1999, Norman Foster was awarded the Pritzker Prize. His office Foster + Partners is active in 21 cities in as many countries and employs more than two thousand architects. His best-known projects include the conversion of the Reichstag building in Berlin, the international airport in Beijing, Apple Park in Cupertino, the Millau Viaduct, Trafalgar Square and St. Mary’s Axe in London.

Since 2018, Michele De Lucchi, Winy Maas, David Chipperfield, Tadao Ando, Jean Nouvel – and last year Steven Holl and Toshiko Mori – have taken on the role of guest editors for ten issues each as part of the “10 x 10 x 10” project.


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