Lord Norman Foster and Partners
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Have you heard about the new SC Johnson building in Racine? I'm a Racine native, and I am very proud of the SC Johnson campus designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (FLW). The campus is just blocks away from my family home and across the street from my old school. I am excited about this one, too. SC Johnson hired Foster and Partners out of London, England. Lord Norman Foster is an architect I admire as well. Think "The Gherkin" in London or "Expo MRT Station" in Singapore.
It's an honor to have him work on a building here in Wisconsin. Speaking of "honor," that's what this building is all about. Sam Johnson passed away a couple of years ago and his son, Fisk (current president of SC Johnson), lead the commission so appropriately named, "Project Honor" in remembrance of his late father and former President of SC Johnson.
The two of them, with Fisk's brother, Curt, went to Brazil in a sea plane in 1998. They were retracing the steps of Sam's father, H.F., who went to Brazil in a similar plane in 1935. The Johnsons do business in Brazil as they extract wax from the Carnauba tree for their products. The plane they used in 1998 is called the Carnauba and it will be on display in the main hall (Fortaleza Hall) of the Project Honor building as if flying through mid-air. I heard that they found the plane that H.F. flew back in 1935, it crashed in an unrelated incident (H.F. no longer owned the plane and was not flying it) off the shores of New Guinea where it still resides. Fisk wanted to recover the plane and display it along with the Carnauba, but I don't know if they were able to do so.
To give you a little background on the notorious SC Johnson campus, it was a year after H.F.'s expedition to Brazil that he hired the renowned architect, Frank Lloyd …Read more...