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DE I #05:

NORMAN FOSTER AND HIS MAGIC CRYSTAL

Text & photo:  Maxim Masaltsev

Whatever cultural meaning the personal exhibition of Sir Norman Foster in Moscow might have, the news are that Norman Foster decides to participate in construction boom in Moscow. This courageous idea aroused our interest and after a busy press conference, we asked Sir Norman to give us a special interview.

D I: What was most difficult for you at the start of your career?

FOSTER: To find my own voice, to speak quietly but so that people can hear you. This is the voice I have. You cannot shout with it.

D I: What building you think was your greatest success?

FOSTER: I think it is the roof of our Swiss Re building. You can see London from the top of it in one glance, and this is the only building in London where there are not technical services at the top but a green recreation area.

D I: Please name the people you enjoy working with.

FOSTER: One of the most important collaborators for me was Buckminster Fuller. It was the man able to see through walls and understand the dullness of existence. This ability of him served a foundation of many of my projects. However, I have 500 co-authors, they come to our studio every morning.

D I: Do you find inspiration in music? Who is your favorite musician?

FOSTER: I appreciate a group of composers from the same time, as Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, and some modern composers like John Lewis with his interpretations of Bach.

D I: What is your definition of the absolute freedom?

FOSTER: Non-existence of walls or the ability to walk through them.

© DE I / DESILLUSIONIST #05.  NORMAN FOSTER AND HIS MAGIC CRYSTAL


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