When it comes to architecture that is so simple, yet so stunning, the Richard Rogers Partnership certainly knows how to do it. The partnership is responsible for some of my favourite buildings, including the Madrid Barajas Airport (winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize) with it’s sweeping wave-like roof made of prefabricated steel. Supported by structural ‘trees’, painted in gradually changing colours to signify the airport’s zones, the roof is clad in bamboo strips. This is not dissimilar to the roof of the Welsh Assembly building, also designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership.
Having their name to other great buildings, including Heathrow Terminal 5, is an achievement in itself. However, one of my favourites is the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Having visited the building I remember feeling a real sense of becoming part of it as soon as I entered. The partnership describe the building as a “giant climbing frame” – a description that will ring true to anyone who has travelled up the quirky external escalator that graces the front of the building! Let’s take a look at some of these great buildings…
Heathrow Terminal 5
National Welsh Assembly
Madrid Barajas Airport