Picture of canopy cocreated by artist Cristina Iglesias and Norman Foster. Photo: Guillermo Rodríguez / Norman Foster Foundation.

Norman Foster Foundation Opens June 1 in Madrid

Architect Norman Foster’s international research center and archive, the Norman Foster Foundation, opens on June 1, reports Javier Pes of the Art Newspaper. The refurbished historic building where the foundation resides features a steel-and-glass “pavilion of inspiration” designed by Foster in the courtyard. The edifice leads to an underground space with the archive, a library, and a slide and photo collection. The pavilion is shaded by a canopy designed by Foster and Cristina Iglesias, a Spanish artist.

There will be a conference on the day of the foundation’s opening, with speakers such as artists Cornelia Parker and Olafur Eliasson, arts patron and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and artist-architect Maya Lin. One of the principal goals of Foster’s foundation is to nurture young engineers and architects at the early stages of their careers. “I realize that I have spent my whole life going against the system,” said Foster, hoping that his new organization will help other architects with ideas that push against the grain.