Designs are Enthralling in the Stirring Documentary on Norman Foster

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Known as the Erotic Gherkin, Norman Foster's London landmark raised the bar for sustainable skyscrapers around the world. Credit photo Foster +

BY MICHELE VAN HESSEN – How Much Does your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

This documentary, now playing at the Hawaii Film Festival, tells the story of Norman Foster’s beginnings from a working-class boy to a renowned world premier architect. He was knighted in 1990 and appointed to the Order of Merit in 1997. One of Foster’s motto is “We believe the quality of our surrounding can lift the quality of life.”


The Foster’s Hearst Tower in New York, “allows for floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuring the maximum amount of daylight. The system of atria acts as the building’s lungs, circulating fresh air drawn through the facade’s double-skin. Combined, the features reduce the building’s energy consumption by half, compared to a typical air conditioned office tower.

“The Art Commissioners’ production of the documentary was directed by Norberto Lopez Amado and Carlos Carcas and written and narrated by Deyan Sudjic. The meticulous creative production schedule gives the audience a film that is simply inspirational. The documentary takes the viewers through a portrayal of emblematic architectures, such as, the tallest entrancing bridge in Millau France, which inspired songs and videos on Youtube; and the Beijing Airport, which is “the world’s largest and most advanced airport building – not only technologically, but also in terms of passenger experience, operational efficiency and sustainability.”

One of Foster’s mentors, Buckminster Fuller, taught the invaluable lesson that “less is best,” which the director López-Amado said became the metaphor for the film. “We wanted to shoot architecture like no one has ever done before, understanding the buildings in such a way that they could be explain without any words, caressing every part of them with the care and detail required to make the public feel and understand them,” explained Director Norberto López-Amado.

Experiencing the documentary on Norman Foster will inspire you to make things better in your life.

For further details, on the documentary on Norman Foster, please contact Anabel Mateo and Isabel Pascual: Telephone: +34 91 4356808 or E-mail: Clips from the film are available on the Art Commissioners website:





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