Richard Rogers: Inside Out

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Richard Rogers: Inside Out
© Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Photo: © David Noble. Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Piano + Rogers, 'Pompidou Centre, Paris', 1971-77

Richard Rogers has been one of the most influential modern British architects, and this show aims to explore his thinking whilst highlighting his ongoing contribution to the British landscape. The show is exceptional, not just in terms of the breadth of the projects it showcases but because of its chromatic intensity – few architects employ colour with the evident relish of Rogers. It’s also deeply personal. Amid the plans and designs you’ll find family photos and touching keepsakes including ceramic pots made by Rogers’s late mother.

Read our interview with Richard Rogers here.

See Richard Rogers's favourite London buildings here.


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Colourful, cacophonous and a little bewildering - criticism applied to many of Lord Rogers’ buildings, and also (by me) to this retrospective of his life’s work. The Royal Academy has used their new gallery space at Burlington Gardens to display a vast collection of scale models, drawings, prototypes and memorabilia. While a fascinating treasure trove of insights into Rogers’ remarkable mind, the muddled interpretation and lack of order or thematic grouping leaves the viewer a little bamboozled. And, while two rooms are packed to the rafters with content, others are sparse to the point of seeming unfinished. Fans of this creative genius won’t be disappointed, but the curation leaves a lot to be desired. For more from me, check out | @curatedlondon