Real Architecture: Foster + Partners present Wembley Stadium, London

22 May 2007

  • Wembley Stadium
  • Norman Foster at the event. Courtesy CJ Clarke.
  • The panel, at Union Chapel. Courtesy CJ Clarke.

Foster + Partners, founded in 1967, is considered one of the most influential international practices in the world, with project offices in over 20 countries. The practice had aleady had a large impact on London's landscape with projects such as the Swiss Re tower (aka The Gherklin), the Millennium Bridge and City Hall. Wembley Stadium was perhaps the most anticipated new building to be completed in London that year. Then in construction and due for completion in Spring 2007, it aimed to set new nationwide standards for the design of recreational venues. The new stadium aimed to improve the heritage site by providing a partially retractable roof, which would at once introduce sunlight across the pitch and protect the 90,000 strong-hold audience from weather conditions. The 11-metre high stadium arch would endeavour to act an iconic replacement for Wembley's landmark twin towers.

Speakers: Lord Foster, Chairman, and Mouzhan Majidi, Senior Partner and Director.
Chaired by Paul Finch.