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Wearing well

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Lord Foster was on good form at the German Embassy the other night, on the eve of his 65th birthday. A glittering crowd, including several fellow Lords and Ladies (pre-eminently Lord Weidenfeld), were treated to an official launch of the Ken Powell monograph on the Reichstag, published by Lord W. David Chipperfield gave a glowing and perceptive tribute to Norman, and the evening rounded off with an edited version of the terrific Omnibus film about the project. It seems inconceivable that London will not get the equivalent of that building in the form of the Swiss Re tower in the City; we can only hope that sense will prevail.

Meanwhile, the Foster office is going through one of those golden periods in which a series of major projects come together in a short space of time.

Completions yet to come include the Millennium Bridge between St Paul's and Bankside Tate. Has anyone else spotted the multicultural references inherent in the design? The idea of the ray of light is pure Buck Rogers; on the other hand, there is the more serious business of Wagner - as the gods walk across the rainbow to Valhalla in Das Rheingold, so shall the inaugural crossers walk from religion to the Brave New World of Modern Art.

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