Archinect - News 2014-11-27T16:04:18-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/113035783/centre-pompidou-to-open-design-and-architecture-gallery Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T14:04:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7di8qk6tihk5pc8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] a gallery dedicated to design and architecture will soon also be added the Centre. Like the &ldquo;Galerie de Photographies," which is housed in former technical facilities, the future design gallery will be located within the existing Piano + Rogers-designed building. &ldquo;Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we'll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable," said Seban.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113034177/bolt-part-falls-off-cheesegrater-skyscraper-in-the-city-of-london Bolt part falls off Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T13:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T13:44:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aecad4f6c08cc13172628ea673f376f2.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No-one was injured but an area around the 47-storey Leadenhall Building in the city has been cordoned off. It fell from the fifth floor to the ground at the side of the building - another bolt also broke off but was contained within the skyscraper. It is understood the bolts are about the size of an arm and the piece that fell was about the size of a hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80975331/rafael-vi-oly-designed-walkie-talkie-skyscraper-melts-car-with-light-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107403597/the-cheesegrater-a-tower-of-no-small-ambition The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:40:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85c3d8e5c0249c01f70a8450eaaff189.jpg" width="460" height="652" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless business &ndash; no loitering, no photography, no looking, as if al-Qaida scouts would do their dastardly work in this way or as if, years after the invention of the camera phone, photography can be controlled as it could in the age of the tripod. But not at the base of the Cheesegrater.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103092153/british-museum-extension-it-does-its-job-but-could-have-been-richer British Museum extension: 'It does its job but could have been richer' Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:29:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d031ceda74763e51709857a178c6b4e1.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This, if it is a harsh way to describe the British Museum's attempts to update itself over the last two decades, with the help of the most famous architects in the land and hundreds of millions in generous donations, nonetheless reflects what's going on. Like large cultural institutions everywhere, the museum finds itself dealing with similar pressures to those of commercial players in the fields of leisure and entertainment [...] and it reaches for similar solutions..</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79912086/richard-rogers-homeshell-built-in-24-hours-at-london-s-royal-academy Richard Rogers' Homeshell built in 24 hours at London's Royal Academy Justine Testado 2013-08-20T14:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T17:18:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/676i2rd9y7c0p643.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The pre-fabricated, flatpack homes of Pritzker laureate Richard Rogers are a centerpiece for his 50-year retrospective, <a href="http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/richard-rogers-ra-inside-out/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Richard Rogers: Inside Out&rdquo;</a>, currently at London's Royal Academy of Arts until Oct. 13. The homes, which are an adaptation of his <a href="http://www.richardrogers.co.uk/work/buildings/design_for_manufacture_oxley_woods/completed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2007 Oxley Woods housing development</a>,<a href="http://www.richardrogers.co.uk/work/buildings/design_for_manufacture_oxley_woods/completed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> </a>are described as "stepping away from the traditional mud and mess of the domestic building site" and with a full list of pros: easily adaptable, lightweight, energy-efficient, low-cost, fire- and water-retardant, even earthquake and hurricane-proof, and of course, innovative -- just to name a few.</p> <p> The pieces of the 3-story technicolor Homeshell arrived at the RA last week. It was fully assembled within 24 hours, making a clear statement in the debate for the wider availability of cost- and energy-efficient, mass-production homes in Britain.&nbsp;<br><br> Watch the video below to see a time-lapse of the house's construction.<br> And <a href="http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/richard-rogers-ra-inside-out/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> for another video that gives an exclusive look into Rogers' retrospe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76844795/richard-rogers-the-street-is-where-society-comes-into-itself Richard Rogers: 'The street is where society comes into itself' Archinect 2013-07-11T19:56:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:19:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn6uoqmevzmb2gke.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rogers's 1958 student report from the AA exhibited a remarkable level of consistency: Elementary Construction; Concrete Design; Specifications &amp; Materials &hellip; he failed them all. As his tutor concluded, Rogers "has a genuine interest in and a feeling for architecture, but sorely lacks the intellectual equipment to translate these feelings into sound building. His designs will continue to suffer while his drawing is so bad, his method of work so chaotic and his critical judgment so inarticulate."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/59556351/hadid-koolhaas-and-rogers-losing-designs-for-park-avenue-tower-unveiled Hadid, Koolhaas and Rogers Losing Designs for Park Avenue Tower Unveiled HotSoup 2012-10-18T11:53:00-04:00 >2012-10-24T15:00:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r8/r847arb1kndk8p8r.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;For us, it was really a blend of what&rsquo;s the right concept for Park Avenue, a place that has not had a new building for almost 50 years, an avenue that is quite possibly the most important commercial boulevard in New York City, quite possibly the United States, and what is the place of a new build down the street from Seagrams and Lever House, two of the greatest buildings ever built,&rdquo; Daivd Levinson said.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Four very different schemes for an office tower in New York. Who's your pick?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58546373/lord-foster-beats-rem-zaha-rogers-for-unusual-nyc-office-tower Lord Foster Beats Rem, Zaha, Rogers for Unusual NYC Office Tower HotSoup 2012-10-03T12:42:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:53:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nn/nnnc3lh40qw4wgid.jpg" width="514" height="1103" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We are grateful to each of the firms for the thoughtfulness and creativity they demonstrated throughout the process. There is no doubt that each group was fully capable of helping us realize our vision of a 425 Park Avenue tower that redefines the modern office environment while also respecting and enhancing the timeless allure of the Plaza district.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> In one of the most unusual assignments around, Foster, Rogers, Koolhaas and Hadid were asked to tackle a New York City office building on Park Avenue. A famous address with two famous towers, but really, the rest of them stink. The catch for 425 Park, one of those middcentury stinkers, is that the zoning for the existing 1957 building was modified a few years later so any new building on the site would be smaller than what is there now. The developer figured out that if he tore down most but not all of his tower and built back up from there, he could keep his zoning envelope. Check out Lord Foster's fascinating design for this challenging project.</p> <p> See also <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/release/420/foster-partners-to-design-425-park-avenue-tower-in-manhattan/58542132" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partner's related press release</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/53411237/norman-zaha-rem-and-richard-compete-to-design-425-park-avenue-in-manhattan Norman, Zaha, Rem and Richard Compete to Design 425 Park Avenue in Manhattan Archinect 2012-07-12T14:38:00-04:00 >2012-07-12T21:23:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acc6b52a17fa9972b09998db33b5b658.jpg" width="480" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The developer David W. Levinson could have set for himself the simple task of commissioning a better-designed tower for 425 Park Avenue than the one that&rsquo;s been there since 1957. But that would have been a very low bar. He has engaged four of the world&rsquo;s leading architects to compete for the job: Norman Foster of Foster &amp; Partners, Zaha Hadid of Zaha Hadid Architects, Rem Koolhaas of OMA, and Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour &amp; Partners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/31862078/the-lloyd-s-building-is-a-time-machine The Lloyd's building is a time machine Archinect 2011-12-22T18:59:47-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d45675cc2419b5e3bdc032386eb03900.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Rogers's 1986 headquarters for the insurers Lloyd's of London has just been listed Grade I. This makes it, along with the Royal Festival Hall, one of the few 20th-century structures to be placed at the same level as, say, St Paul's. But, like the gothic cathedrals it so closely resembles, Lloyd's was not meant to be an entirely finished product. Look up to the top of its facade, and you'll find cranes are still there...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/3388484/one-hyde-park-sells-an-apartment-for-221-000-000-three-months-after-completion One Hyde Park sells an 'apartment' for $221,000,000 three months after completion J. James R. 2011-04-19T00:48:50-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rg/rg4o9xmm3rmpe0a8.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So far 33 flats have been registered at the Land Registry with a combined value of &pound;727.4m [$1,182,243,220]. According to Project Grande, total completed sales to date &ndash; about 45, although not all have been registered &ndash; have amounted to &pound;963.5m [$1,565,976,550]. There are about 30 still to be sold, with deals worth about &pound;125m expected this quarter.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The $221,000,000 apartment was purchased by Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov. Many newspapers and media sources had been scrambling to discover the discrete mystery buyer who had conducted the deal through proxy; however, the <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c0061012-69fd-11e0-89db-00144feab49a.html#axzz1JvkoQrF1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Financial Times</a> was first to discover the identity of the buyer. Details of the apartment, as reported by <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/apr/16/knightsbridge-flat-sold-for-136m" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, <a href="http://blogs.forbes.com/clareoconnor/2011/04/18/worlds-most-expensive-apartment-sold-to-mystery-buyer-for-221-million/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a> and <a href="http://curbed.com/archives/2011/04/18/tour-one-hyde-park-home-to-londons-most-expensive-flat.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gawker</a>, are that the penthouse apartment was created by joining two five-bedroom 12,500 square-foot units into a 25,000 square-foot apartment complete with a wine cellar.<br><br> The unit was sold as a shell with the buyer reportedly contracting design- and development-firm Candy &amp; Candy to complete the interior for $97,000,000.<br><br> One Hyde Park, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and engineered by Ove Arup &amp; Partners, is a collaboration between Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani and Candy + Candy through the company Project Grande Limited. The 86-unit project features a bronze-and-bulletproof glass facade offering a total of...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/92948/rogers-team-wins-stirling-prize-for-maggie-s-centre Rogers' team wins Stirling Prize for Maggie's Centre stargazer 2009-10-18T00:19:00-04:00 >2012-10-13T17:37:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j6/j6kthvoy7awfnmve.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> British architecture gives its top award to Richard Rogers in the year of his bruising public row with Prince Charles.<br> British architecture gives its top award to Richard Rogers in the year of his bruising public row with Prince Charles.<br><br> The cancer support centre in west London was commissioned by Charles Jencks, whose wife Maggie died of the disease. There are already five Maggie&rsquo;s Centres in Scotland, including designs by Frank Gehry (Dundee) and Zaha Hadid (Fife).<br><br> In his acceptance speech Rogers said: &lsquo;The one person missing here is Maggie. She will certainly be the person I am thinking of.&rsquo;<br><br> This prize tops a turbulent year which saw Rogers fall out with Prince Charles, who he saw as responsible for his removal from the &pound;1bn Chelsea Barracks scheme. Rogers has previously won the Stirling Prize in 2006 for his Madrid Barajas airport terminal.<br><br> RIBA President Ruth Reed, who presented Rogers with the award, said: &lsquo;The shortlist for this year&rsquo;s RIBA Stirling Prize was of an exc...</p>