British architect Richard Rogers and his contributions to world architecture
- British architect-urbanist Richard Rogers, 88, designer of the iconic Pompidou Centre in Paris, passed away on December 18.
- Italian-born British architect Richard Rogers (1933-2021) is famously known for the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which he designed with friend and Italian architect Renzo Piano in the mid-’70s.
- The 30-somethings were catapulted to international fame when the results of the competition for the cultural centre was announced.
- They had turned the building inside out, colour-coding its services on the facade, which gave green pipes for plumbing, yellow wires for electricals, blue airflow ducts and red for safety.
- The Lloyd’s insurance building (1986) was another such exercise in taking forward his “inside-out” design. He punched the quiet financial district of London with a stainless-steel façade, shaking it up from its medieval stupor.
- He gave the building an interiority through an open atrium and series of escalators, with open floor plans that allowed for partition walls to be subdivided so that it could be reconfigured as required."