Willis Faber & Dumas

Willis Faber & Dumas

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By (author) Kenneth Powell, By (author) Sir Norman Foster

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  • Publisher: PRESTEL
  • Format: Hardback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 218mm x 16mm | 600g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Munich
  • ISBN 10: 3791346865
  • ISBN 13: 9783791346861
  • Illustrations note: 90, 80 in colour
  • Sales rank: 1,240,210

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Primarily conceived with a spirit of equality, the architectural innovations of Willis Faber & Dumas included the use of escalators in a three-storey structure, as well as the social dimension offered by its swimming pool, roof-top restaurant and garden. Designed for long-term flexibility, the building pioneered the use of raised office floors, which anticipated the revolution in information technology. Externally, the building was equally distinguished for its state-of-the-art glass facade, and its free-form plan, which responded to the medieval street pattern. This monograph follows the building's evolution from concept through execution, including numerous illustrations and comprehensive essays, and will appeal to those interested in architecture and design.

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Norman Foster is founder and chairman of Foster + Partners, one of the world's most respected architectural practices. He is the recipient of the Pritzker Prize and the Praemium Imperiale. Kenneth Powell is a leading architectural historian and critic. He has written extensively on London architecture and renowned British practices.

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The headquarters for Willis Faber & Dumas challenged accepted thinking about the office building and established Foster + Partners' reputation for democratic, flexibly planned workplaces. Primarily conceived with a spirit of equality, the architectural innovations of Willis Faber & Dumas included the use of escalators in a three-storey structure, as well as the social dimension offered by its swimming pool, roof-top restaurant and garden. This monograph follows the building's evolution from concept through execution, including numerous illustrations and comprehensive essays, and will appeal to those interested in architecture and design.