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The Wales of Richard Rogers Architects: Green and Going Greener

March 21, 2010

Pamela Petro waxes eloquent on the Wales countryside’s abundant shades of green in today’s Washington Post travel feature. But her itinerary tracked the other kind of “green” — exploring innovations in eco-sustainability (like surf-driven electric turbines) in a once coal-dusted land. The tour begins with the undulating building that has housed the Senedd, or Welsh Assembly, since 2006. I never visited the Senedd when I touched down in Wales in 2009, but I did “visit” it  in 2008, via a British architecture exhibition at the London Design Museum:

Model: Welsh Assembly building, 2006, Richard Rodgers Architects

Not being a 1.5-inch mannequin, I couldn’t actually enter the structure, however. It was a planning model from the studio of Richard Rogers Architects, the exhibit’s subject. But even from a Goliath’s angle, one got a feel for the wide arc of Rogers’s work, from this:

Model: Pre-fabricated pod house, Richard Rogers, 1968

to this:

Model: Madrid, Barajas Airport terminal 4, 2006, Richard Rogers Architects

But Rodgers may be best known for this, his first major commission:

Paris, Centre Pompidou - world's first "inside-out" building - 1977

Senedd photo by Rob Fenwick on Flickr.
Pompidou Center photo by Lauren Manning on Flickr.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2010 11:37 pm

    The Welsh Assembly Building is very green. They built it to be self-regulating for heating and cooling and it has a thing on top that moves to collect the wind. Very interesting.

    great to see you yesterday. thanks for coming!

  2. May 29, 2010 1:17 pm

    If carbonized siding were added to Roger’s Pod House, it would be quite striking. I like it. Interesting stuff on surf driven turbines. A dam engineer (after several glasses of who-knows-what) once told me of an idea (not his own) to construct a vertical dam in Lake Michigan that would suck water in, drive turbines, and through some gravity-motion process, deliver the water back into the lake. Apparently, some technical issues got in the way of its fruition………Damn

    • May 29, 2010 1:52 pm

      The dam engineer’s plan sounds like fission in a glass — a perfect, economical plan to power the world, if only it worked. Maybe he’s got some ideas for BP?

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