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Web Exclusive | July 2014

Happy Birthday Richard Rogers

We at CW INTERIORS want to wish Sir Richard Rogers a very Happy Birthday. In his honour, we shall take a trip down memory lane with a quick sneak peak of his greatest achievements...

Richard George Rogers, a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture, turns 81 today! He was born on 23rd July, 1933 in Florence, but spent most his life in the UK. Sir Rogers attended Architectural Association and then went on to persue a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Architecture in 1962. While at Yale, he met Norman Foster and Su Brumwell, whom he set up an architectural practice with, named Team 4, which sadly dissolved in 1967. Exactly a decade later, he founded the Richard Rogers Partnership, which was then transformed into the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 2007. Rogers was awarded the Legion d’Honneur in 1986 and was knighted in 1991. He is the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, recipient of the 1985 RIBA Gold Medal, the 2006 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and was made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in 2008. He is best known for his unique high-tech architectural wonders:

The Millennium Dome, a large dome-shaped structure, was originally used to house the Millennium Experience - a huge exhibition, but was shortly shut down. The mobile company O2 took it over and turned it into an entertainment complex - the O2 Arena. This unique canopy roof made up of glass fibre fabric is supported by twelve king posts. It is the largest single-roofed building in the world, with a whopping 3,280 feet circumference!
Award winning architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers successfully designed this building in an absolutely unconventional's design is inside out, with utilitarian features such as plumbing, pipes, air vents and electrical cables as an external façade! Paris’ one-of-a-kind cultural centre has amazed visitors since it was inaugurated in 1977 and still continues to do so even after so much time.
The Lloyd's building aka the inside-out building, is one of the key buildings of the modern epoch. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the building is innovative too, having its internal features such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The 12 glass lifts were a first in the UK as the structure was completed in 1986.
In 1987, Richard Rogers and partners were hired for the total redevelopment of this area adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral. The aim was to replace the existing blocks with accommodation more suitable for modern financial operations. Today it houses various banks and the London Stock Exchange.
This building houses the European court chambers and Registry of Human Rights and was completed by Richard Rogers Partnership in 1995. The design is meant to reflect the two distinct components of the Commission and Court. The wide scale use of glass emphasises the openness of the court to European citizens.
The design for Paddington Waterside forms part of an overall masterplan for ten acre of largely vacant and underused land to the north of Paddington Basin. Waterside is the new corporate headquarters for Marks & Spencer, comprising 13 levels of accommodation.
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