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  • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
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Dates of creation


Level of archival description

Series 1

Scope and Content

Series documents architectural and design projects by the Foreign Office Architects, including both successful and unsuccessful competition entries, and executed projects. The projects are international in scope, with locations predominantly in Spain and England, but also in Wales, France, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Turkey, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada and the United States. They include transport, public space, civic, masterplanning, culture & leisure, residential, education, retail, offices and mixed-use projects.

The material in this series represents 185 architectural projects and 4 design projects. Many of the significant projects in this series are unexecuted, or unsuccessful competition entries. Significant unsuccessful competition entries include the New Urban Housing Competition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1992); Meyong-Dong Cathedral, Seoul, South Korea (1995); Kansai-kan of the National Diet Library, Kyoto, Japan (1996); World Trade Centre: Ground Zero, New York City (2002); Novartis Underground Car Park & Gate, Basel, Switzerland (2003); and the Cyprus Cultural Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus (2007).

Significant executed projects in this series include the Yokohama International Ferry Port Terminal, Japan (1996-2002), the Azadi Cineplex, Tehran, Iran (1997-2008), Carabanchel Social Housing, Madrid (2004-2007), the Ravensbourne College College of Design and Communication, London, England (2004-2010), the John Lewis Department Store & Cineplex, Leicester, United Kingdom (2004-2008), the Umraniye Meydan Retail Complex, Istanbul (2005-2007), and the Institute of Legal Medicine, Madrid, Spain (2006).

Series notably includes original presentation drawings from early work by the Foreign Office Architects, including the New Urban Housing Competition, Pittsburgh (1992), the Penllergaer Business Centre, Swansea, Wales (1993), and a housing project titled Houses for the Impossible Couple in Guerricaiz, Spain (1994). Also of note is the extent of the material for the Yokohama International Ferry Port Terminal, Japan, which includes original competition documentation, sketches and design development drawings, original presentation drawings, a set of 55 oversized books of blueprints, models, and slides of the completed terminal.

Series contains printouts of computer-aided drawings and renderings, design development and presentation drawings, plans, sketches, architectural models, panels, textual records, and photographic materials. Material in this series was produced between 1991 and 2011.

Arrangement within the series is chronological by project date.

Reference Number


Credit line

Foreign Office Architects fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Language of material

Documents are predominantly in English, Spanish, and French, but also include Japanese, Korean, Dutch, and German.


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