richard rogers, an icon of contemporary architecture
richard rogers, the british architect behind projects such as the pompidou centre in paris and the millennium dome in london, has died at the age of 88. his passing was confirmed last saturday evening, at his home in london.
knighted in 1991 by queen elizabeth II, rogers was considered one of the most influential architects of his time. he was the recipient of the RIBA gold medal in 1985 and in 2000 received the praemium imperiale prize for architecture. in 2007, he was awarded the pritzker prize, acknowledged to be the profession’s highest honor, cementing his status as one of the world’s most respected and admired figures in contemporary architecture.
image © rogers stirk harbour + partners
rogers was born in 1933 in florence before moving to the UK to complete his studies at the architectural association school of architecture (AA), and later on his master’s at yale university. he began his career by setting up a small practice with norman foster. after this collaboration came to an end, rogers completed one of his first major projects — a residence for his parents in wimbledon, south london. then, after joining forces with italian architect renzo piano, rogers won the design competition for the pompidou centre in 1971. after working with piano, rogers established the richard rogers partnership in 1977, the firm that would later became rogers stirk harbour + partners (RHSP).
rogers completed london’s lloyd’s building — another of his landmark projects — in 1986 and the millennium dome, now known as the O2 arena, in 1999. RSHP also completed tower 3 of the world trade center in new york. in 2020, rogers announced that he will retire from RSHP, almost 40 years after its founding.
rogers with graham stirk, and ivan harbour | image © ben blossom
3WTC in new york
new york city’s fifth-tallest skyscraper was designed by rogers stirk harbour + partners and opened for business as part of the world trade center’s ongoing development. the structure is an 80-story, 2.5 million-square-foot office structure — known as ‘3WTC’ — that welcomes more than 6,000 new employees to lower manhattan. featuring a reinforced concrete core encased by a steel structure, the high-rise features floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free floor plates, creating unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views. 3WTC was opened on june 11, 2018 by silverstein properties, with tenants including groupM, mckinsey, and IEX.
world trade center tower by rogers stirk harbour + partners opens in new york (read more here)