John Hewitt, Norman Foster, Dennis Gilbert, Chris Abel

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Since its completion in 1982, the now familiar dancing yellow structure at Swindon has come to stand as an icon, not just for its corporate client, the Renault car manufacturing company, but also for a new alliance of architecture, advanced engineering and craft manufacturing technique. Chris Abel argues that the Renault Centre marks a turning point both in its architect's career, and in the continuing evolution of the Modern Movement. True to the Movement's social concerns, the building makes a liberal statement on industrial relations. Rejecting any distinctions between white- and blue-collar workers, Foster's design gathers ail employees together under the same striking umbrella roof. The structural expressionism seen here was unexpected. In his earlier work, Norman Foster's closed-form pavillon buildings generally presented a standardized appearance, even when non-standard components were used. By contrast, the expressive quality of the Renault building derives from a unique, boldly exposed structure, and from a craft approach to architecture exploiting both First and Second Machine Age production technologies. This monograph is a uniquely detailed and authoritative record of the Renault Centre, produced by Chris Abel from the Foster Associates' archives, and photographed and drawn under his supervision. Its illustrated essay, portfolio of large-format photographs (many in full colour), 24 pages of specially drawn technical details, and fact-sheets and bibliography are unlikely ever to be surpassed in a single publication.
Sir Norman Foster is one of the world's most acclaimed architects and has received numerous international awards for his innovative designs. In 1983, a few months after completion of the Renault Centre, he received the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects; and in April 1990 his Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters building received the first Trustees Medal awarded by the RIBA Architecture Awards Trust, for being 'the finest work by a British designer anywhere in the world completed between 1965 and 1983'. Soon after, in June 1990, he received a knighthood. More of his works, including the Willis Faber and Dumas headquarters in Ipswich, and London's revolutionary new Stansted airport, are featured in the Architecture in Detail series. Chris Abel graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London in 1968. He has taught architecture in universities on four continents, and written numerous publications on the theory and criticism of architecture in both the developed and developing word. The leading international journals for which he writes include the Architectural Review, Architectural Record, and Architecture + Urbanism.

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