30th Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner
Italian-British architect Richard Rogers (born July 23, 1933) was awarded the 30th Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2007 during a ceremony at The Banqueting House in London, England.
After finishing his architecture studies, Rogers founded Team 4 together with Norman Foster,
Su Brumwell (Foster's first wife), Georgy and Wendy Cheesman. Later on
the team split and Rogers collaborated with Su Brumwell, John Young and
Laurie Abbott. In 1971 he and Renzo Piano
joined forces and created a new language in architecture that caught
most public attention with the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris,
In 1977 Richard Rogers formed Richard Rogers Partnership together with Marco Goldschmied, Mike Davies and John Young, which today is called Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners since 2007.
As well as architecture, order and aesthetics, Rogers has always been recognized by his social approach and concern for the city's urban renaissance.
By the time he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize Rogers had already a wide work portfolio and was a clear representative of functionalist and high-tech architecture.
"Rogers combines his love of architecture with a profound knowledge of building materials and techniques. His fascination with technology is not merely for artistic effect, but more importantly, it is a clear echo of a building's program and a means to make architecture more productive for those it serves." Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury Citation, 2007.
Building in Berlin
Office and Residential Building at Potsdamer Platz
One of Rogers' objectives was to integrate public and private spaces. The complex is permeable for pedestrians that go in and out the Shopping Center Arkaden.
Along the area developed by Rogers the floors settle in different horizontal axes forming terraces and roof gardens in distinct levels.
Entrance to the office area
Inside an office foyer
One of the entrances to the residential area
"I have always belived that a humane and progressive architecture is one that creates beauty out of function. Not just for the sake of beauty in itself, but because beautiful buildings and public spaces help people achieve their potential, as citizens as well as individuals. Architects can not be apolitical we have a duty to engage. "
"We can create a new Renaissance - where civic and environmental responsibilities come together, embodied in the work of planners and architects."
-Richard Rogers' Priztker Architecture Prize Acceptance Speech, 2007.