Compositions of Opulent Metallic
Foster + Partners, one of the most innovative and celebrated architectural practices in the world, doesn’t think of a building merely in terms of its structure and exterior design. They are a fully integrated design practice, meaning that they understand the built environment as a seamless envelope of colour, texture, material and space; an experience that begins when you enter the first door and continues as you move deeper and deeper into your private residence. Foster + Partners includes everything as an essential element of a carefully articulated environment. They even design furniture for some projects.
For The One, the design team began with inspiration from films and style images for leading global fashion brands. They thought about Daniel Craig as James Bond – how he dresses, the level of detail in the way he puts himself together. They examined the fine details of knobs and switches on the dashboard of luxury cars. They studied the design elements of Tom Ford perfume bottles, shoes and clothing.
From those inspirational elements, they decided on a palate of colours that would be used throughout the project, on the outside, in the public spaces and in the private interiors. The goal was to create a high standard of design sensibility. Those colours are in burnished tones of bronze, pewter and champagne carefully chosen to reflect light in the right way, without being too overpowering. Many choices were considered and examined in different light conditions in order to the find the perfect one.