Archinect - News 2017-09-21T10:24:01-04:00 Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou: "I would never dream of doing it now" Julia Ingalls 2017-08-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-29T14:09:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Where we would be without the energetic (if usually misinformed) enthusiasm of youth?&nbsp;Apparently, without the Centre Pompidou as we know it. In this comprehensive and enjoyable profile in&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a></em>, Richard Rogers reflects on his early days as an architect after he and his freshly-made friend Renzo Piano had won a competition in Paris for the now famous cultural center. <br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Bruno via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>As the article relates, "Having won it, they had no idea what it was that he was taking on. 'Young architects are immensely naive,' [Rogers] says. 'I would never dream of doing it now. We had a great client, but the press gave us hell. In seven years, there were only two positive articles. I don&rsquo;t know how we got to the end.'"&nbsp;</p> The Harvard GSD unveils restored Richard Rogers’ Wimbledon House in London Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T14:54:30-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Wimbledon house in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, UK, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Rogers</a>&nbsp;in&nbsp;1968,&nbsp;was&nbsp;gifted to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a> in 2015 to provide both a residence for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Rogers Fellowship</a>, and&nbsp;GSD's new&nbsp;venue for lectures, symposia, and other events. Restored by British architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philip Gumuchdjian</a> and landscape architect Todd Longstaffe-Gowan&nbsp;since 2015, the house premiered yesterday, on June 27.</p> <p>Philip Gumuchdjian, commented &ldquo;Parkside is&nbsp;not just an iconic, flexible machine for living, nor simply a historic experimental building that foretold the architect&rsquo;s future work; it was also a home with a unique memory, patina, and aura. Conserving these qualities within a wholly refurbished twenty-first-century building tailored to Harvard&rsquo;s new use was our aim and hopefully the achievement of the team&rsquo;s work.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Richard Rogers&rsquo;s Wimbledon House. Photograph by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design.</figcaption></figure><p>Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, whom re-designed the garden context&nbsp; from the street front...</p> The Pompidou Centre to get a €100M facelift Nicholas Korody 2017-01-20T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T00:16:37-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Even the most punk of buildings eventually gets older. The Pompidou Centre in Paris, the landmark contemporary art museum designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, turns forty this year. To mark its birthday, the museum will get a two-year long facelift estimated to cost at least &euro;100 million.</p><p>The renovations will include replacing the &ldquo;caterpillar&rdquo;, the famous escalators on the front of the building, but won&rsquo;t result in any changes to the building&rsquo;s overall appearance. Additionally, museum officials are hoping that renovations can occur without closing the Centre.</p><p>Part of the reason the building needs the renovation is that its innovative design, which comprises putting the inner workings of the building on its exterior, has led to increased wear and tear. Back in the day, its appearance caused a ton of controversy. But today, the museum is witnessing a rise in attendance that surpasses either the Louvre or the Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Orsay.</p> Want to live (and work) in Richard Rogers' Wimbledon House? Apply to Harvard's new Richard Rogers Fellowship Nicholas Korody 2016-10-12T13:33:00-04:00 >2016-10-15T22:52:01-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The Wimbledon House, a landmarked building designed by Lord Richard Rogers in the late 1960s, has been donated to Harvard Graduate School of Design and will host a new research residency program. Dubbed the Richard Rogers Fellowship, the program is open to accomplished professionals and scholars working in fields related to the built environment.</p><p>Accepted applicants, pooled from an international open call, will inhabit the Wimbledon House for three months. Harvard will provide travel expenses to London and a $10,000 USD prize. The residency is intended to foster research around alternative and sustainable futures, in line with Rogers&rsquo; own cross-disciplinary, research-driven practice.</p><p>The house, a bright yellow modern masterpiece, was originally designed for Rogers&rsquo; parents. It will also serve as a venue for lectures and events in 2017.</p><p>Applications for the residency are due by November 28, 2016 and winners will be announced in early December.</p><p>For more information on the Fellowship, head...</p> Tell us what does the EU referendum means to you Ellen Hancock 2016-06-22T11:33:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T02:11:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>According to a recent poll by the AJ 78% of architects want Britain to remain in the EU. &nbsp;In May David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Amanda Levete, and Thomas Heatherwick were among many prolific industry professionals who vocalised their decision to back the remain campaign with an open letter published in the Telegraph.&nbsp;</p><p>With less than 24 hours before voting begins is this percentage still the same? &nbsp;How will the referendum and aftermath affect the industry? And why are you voting to remain or leave? We want to know what you <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">think.</a>&nbsp;</p> RIBA announces 30 projects selected for International Prize Ellen Hancock 2016-05-10T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-03T16:11:14-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The 30 buildings to be visited by the RIBA awards committee and under consideration for the inaugural RIBA International Prize have been announced today. This is the first RIBA award open to any qualified architect in the world and includes projects of varying size and budget.&nbsp;</p> <p>Consequently the buildings span 20 different countries across the globe such as; Mexico, Turkey, Dublin and Vietnam. The selected projects will be whittled down to 20 and then a final six in the autumn, with the winner announced in December 2016.&nbsp;</p> <p>The six finalist chosen will be visited by the Grand Jury which includes Richard Rogers, Billie Tsien and Marilyn Jordan Taylor FAIA among others.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RIBA President, Jane Duncan commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have been delighted with the response to our inaugural RIBA International Prize, which has brought a huge range of exceptional entries from all around the globe.It will be fascinating to see insights from the judges and entrants intothe power and value of great architecture, whe...</em></p> RIBA launches new International Prize for world's best new building, Richard Rogers to chair Grand Jury Justine Testado 2015-12-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T23:49:04-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>RIBA is establishing their own award for the world's best new building of the year, naming it the RIBA International Prize. Launched today, the International Prize will be awarded to the building that best "demonstrate[s] visionary, innovative thinking and excellence of execution, whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context," regardless of style, scheme type, and budget. According to RIBA, the International Prize was created for "the general advancement of Civil architecture", as stated in their 1837 charter.</p><p>Registered architects around the world can send submissions until the February 9 deadline. For the first edition of the prize, submitted buildings must have been completed within the past three years (Jan. 1, 2013 - Feb. 1, 2016). Afterward, the prize will be awarded to a building completed within 2 years.</p><p>The full list of the Grand Jury won't be revealed until early 2016, but it includes three notable names so far: Jury Chair Richard Rogers, fo...</p> Robin Hood Gardens residents dare Lord Rogers to spend a night in the blighted estate Alexander Walter 2015-06-23T18:12:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T07:45:09-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When Lord Rogers launched a campaign to save one of London&rsquo;s most notorious housing estates from demolition, he was adamant that it was a desirable place to live. [...] It is a claim he may regret. Unhappy residents of the estate have challenged the peer to be true to his word and swap his &pound;12 million Chelsea townhouse for a few nights in one of their blighted flats.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens Set For Demolition</a></p> Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite – A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-29T15:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T10:50:39-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This episode is a doozy. Paul and Amelia left the temperate sunshine of Los Angeles for Washington, DC's frigid monumentality, to interview Bjarke Ingels on the eve of his "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hot to Cold" exhibition at the National Building Museum</a>. The 40-year old architect shared some quick-won wisdom about scaling a business, the Danish condition, and the indispensability of humor and play in architecture.</p><p>Donna and Ken joined Paul and Amelia to speak with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lian Chang</a>&nbsp;about her&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently published visualizations</a>&nbsp;of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Salary Poll</a>&nbsp;for the ACSA, in charming emoji-based data sets. The Sessions co-hosts also discuss <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky's new appointment as the head of the deeply troubled Taliesin West</a>, and what <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne's demolition of Ray Bradbury's house</a> means for architecture preservation and sentimentality.</p><p>And for another climatological analogy, Paul and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Newman</a>, <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Session</a></strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>s</strong></a>'s legal correspondent,&nbsp;poke at the tip of the iceberg concerning issues of copyright in architecture. &nbsp;</p><p>A remind...</p> Cheesegrater skyscraper loses another bolt – the third one in three months Alexander Walter 2015-01-15T14:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-15T17:33:39-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The owners of the 222-metre (734ft) &ldquo;Cheesegrater&rdquo; building, the second tallest building in the City of London, are to replace dozens of long bolts on its structure after it was revealed that another one had fractured. The bolts, among 3,000 on the building&rsquo;s 15,000-tonne frame, are each just under a metre long. Two snapped in November, with some debris falling to the ground from the fifth floor. Nobody was hurt, but an area below the tower is still cordoned off.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolt part falls off Cheesegrater skyscraper in the City of London</a></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another big concrete panel falls off Zaha Hadid-designed library</a></p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> The pre-fabricated, flatpack homes of Pritzker laureate Richard Rogers are a centerpiece for his 50-year retrospective, <a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2007 Oxley Woods housing development</a>,<a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a> for another video that gives an exclusive look into Rogers' retrospe...</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partner's related press release</a>.</p> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Lloyd's building is a time machine Archinect 2011-12-22T18:59:47-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forbes</a> and <a href="" 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> 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 srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><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>