12 September 2012
Pritzker Prize-winning British Architect Richard Rogers and his practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), are presenting over 40 years of their best works in a major exhibition, “Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners: From the House to the City” at the Beijing Capital Museum, 21 September to 18 November 2012.
The exhibition is a flagship design project within UK Now – A Festival of the UK Arts and Creative Industries – and an important part of the Beijing International Design Week.
About the Exhibition
The “Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners: From the House to the City” exhibition premiered in Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 2007 and has since travelled to London, Barcelona, Madrid, Taipei, Singapore and Hong Kong attracting more than half a million visitors to date. Starting with Richard’s early collaborations with Norman Foster in the 1960s and Renzo Piano in the 1970s, the exhibition covers iconic projects such as Centre Pompidou, Lloyd’s of London and Terminal 4 at Barajas Airport, Madrid, as well as exhibiting current ongoing projects such as the World Conservation and Exhibition Centre at the British Museum, the Leadenhall Building in the City of London and Tower 3 at the World Trade Center site in New York. The exhibition offers an enlightening and insightful journey into how architecture has shaped cities and it covers key issues and challenges of our times, from environmental sustainability, to creating compact, 24-hour cities, and innovation in architectural production processes.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and the Beijing Capital Museum will run family workshops during the exhibition. The workshops are designed to introduce young people to architecture by giving them an overview of the processes of design – understanding a brief, designing a building and create a model within the context of a city. Using a map of Beijing, participants will allocate different building types and land uses, gaining knowledge of the relationship between buildings and public spaces. RSHP architectural modelmakers will give a demonstration on how to build a model and give hands-on advice and guidance on how to realise the participant’s model design using recycled and professional modelmaking materials. At the end of the workshop, all participants will present their designs to the group and their models will be displayed on the map to create a new city.
Some of the exhibition highlights include:
• A bright pink 1:2 scale model of a key structural node used at Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport, London
• Original film footage from the 1970s showing the construction of the Centre Pompidou, Paris
• New projects being shown for the first time in Beijing
• An exclusive video interview with Richard Rogers discussing his early works, inspiration and influences
• An interactive model of the Shanghai Pudong Masterplan
• A 35-metre-long timeline incorporating all key works of Richard Rogers and his partners covering more than four decades
• A KONE lift installation
We are very grateful to the KONE Corporation for all their support with this exhibition.