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A short visit to 6 Prominent Architecture Firms

Have you ever wondered where the design ideas for London City Hall or The Gherkin were created? Or where the design concept of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina came to the light? Or did you, possibly, try to imagine the workplaces where the world’s celebrated ‘starchitects’ like Renzo Piano and Bjarke Ingels get things done? Well, now you can see the real picture yourself. Here, we will give you a glimpse of the design studios and workplaces of 6 global architecture firms that have majorly contributed to the world architecture.

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1. Foster + Partners, London – UK

Foster + Partners is an International design firm based in London and headed by its founder the 81-year-old architect and Pritzker prize winner, Norman Foster. The firm is well known for its high-tech architecture all over the world, and among its famous buildings are London’s iconic City Hall and 30 St Mary Axe skyscraper, known as the Gherkin.

courtesy of fosterand+partners

2. Snøhetta, Oslo – Norway

Snøhetta is an International firm based in Oslo and specialized in architecture, landscape, interior, and brand design. The firm has more than 180 employees from 30 different nations and studios in the U.S., Austria, Sweden, and Singapore. It is well-known for the design of Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria for which the firm received the Aga-khan award and the Oslo Opera House which, also, gained them many esteemed awards.

courtesy of snohetta studio

3. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Copenhagen – Denmark

BIG is a group of architects based in Copenhagen and New York and founded by the rising Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. The group works in the fields of architecture, landscape, urban, interior, and product design. BIG is renowned for their extraordinary design ideas. They have accomplished many architecture projects like the 8 House in Copenhagen and VIA 57 West in New York, and they have even more under-construction projects in various spots all over the world.

courtesy of BIG Ingels group

4. MVRDV, Rotterdam – Netherlands

MVRDV is a global architecture and urban practice based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and founded in 1993. The firm has finished multiple projects for various purposes like Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover, a sustainable office building in Paris’ first eco-district, the Matsudai Cultural Centre in Japan, an international bank headquarters in Oslo, and the iconic Mirador and Celosia housing in Madrid. They, also, have many ongoing projects in the Netherlands, France, China, and India among other countries.

courtesy of mvrdv

5. SOM, Chicago – USA

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, known as SOM, is one of the world’s largest and most distinguished architecture firms. The Chicago-based firm was established in 1936, and ever since it has accomplished more than 10,000 projects in over 50 countries and received nearly 2,000 awards. They are famous for designing the world’s highest buildings, which include Willis Tower in Chicago and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building.

courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

6. Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), Paris – France

RPBW is an international architecture practice based in Paris, France, and Genoa, Italy. It was founded, in 1981, by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, co-designer of the controversial yet remarkable Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Pritzker prize awardee. Since then, the practice has executed more than 120 projects in Europe, North America, Australasia and East Asia. Among RPBW’s famous works are the Kansai International Airport Terminal in Osaka, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the London Bridge Tower, known as the Shard, in London.

courtesy of 6. Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), Paris – France
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