With the first phase of expansion of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach starting next year we’re taking a look at the architect behind the design, Norman Foster.
English architect Norman Foster is as part of Foster + Partners one of the worlds foremost high-tech architects. From offices to museums his designs are renowned and iconic.
His use of windows to allow light and pattern into a space are seen in all his designs. The British Museum is a perfect example of how Foster uses geometric shapes to create pattern.
Talking of the designs for the Norton Spencer de Grey (Co-head of design at Foster + Partners) says: “The quality of the Florida light, the wonderful lush landscape and tropical plants, the extraordinary evergreen hedges that tower above you, the relationship with the water and the warmth of the people – these qualities set Palm Beach apart from the rest of the world and make this a very special project to be involved in,” “We want to capitalize on these attributes to strengthen the Norton as a stimulating and dynamic cultural focus for the community.” (Source)
The design brings to the museum three double height pavilions which will allow views of the intercostal, space and light. The designs feature a garden seating space that will be part shaded and have linear water features. The building is also designed to factor in the flora already in place, having space cut away for the branches of trees to comfortably stand.