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Richard Rogers Complete Works (3 vols)

Artist(s): Richard Rogers
Author(s): Kenneth Powell and Lord Richard Rogers
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2007
Publisher: Phaidon
Total Pages: 320 + 318 + 320
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated throughout

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A fine three volume set

Well known as an exponent of good architecture in his own work, Sir Richard Rogers (b.1933) is equally famous for promoting architectural quality and campaigning for the revival of the modern city. This first volume, covering the period 1961-88, features all of Rogers’ early work with Norman Foster and Team 4, and his partnerships with Su Rogers and Renzo Piano, and the ethos and philosophy of his present practice, the Richard Rogers Partnership.

The author’s interviews with key figures build up a portrait of the teamwork involved in producing the buildings of Rogers’ expansive career. Each project, from Creek Vean in Cornwall (1966), through the Rogers and Piano collaboration at the Pompidou Centre in Paris (1971-7), to Lloyd’s of London (1978-86), is examined in detail and presented vividly with much new visual material from the practice’s own archives. A complete list of works from the period is included, which reveals the developing yet distinctive scope of Rogers’ work in this crucial phase of his career.

Volume 2 examines the work of the Richard Rogers Partnership from 1987 to 1992, picking up from the highly acclaimed Volume 1 which was first published in 1999. Following the completion of the Lloyd’s Building came expansion for the firm, a new office in Tokyo, and a large number of competitions and schemes, much of which remains unbuilt. Over 50 projects are featured in the book, including competition schemes for Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and the Tokyo International Forum, and buildings such as Channel 4 headquarters, the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights, 88 Wood Street and the Bordeaux Law Courts.

In a series of insightful essays, Kenneth Powell analyses ‘Continuity and Expansion’ within the Rogers office, discusses different topical subjects essential to the architecture – such as ‘Low-Energy Buildings’, ‘Masterplanning and the City’ – and concludes with a rigorous review of Rogers’ work in more recent years.

This book examines the work of the Richard Rogers Partnership from 1994 to 2005, picking up from Volume Two, published in 2001. This third volume of the Complete Works looks at the most recent period of the practice through its dramatic culmination of high profile and world-renowned projects. It features over 48 projects and competitions, including the Greenwich Peninsula and Millennium Dome, masterplans for Wembley, London, and for Florence, as well as Madrid Airport and London’s Heathrow Terminal 5.

 

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