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High Tech

 

Richard Rogers

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High-tech architecture, also called Late Modernism, rose up during the 1970s. It is a style that uses different ideas and elements of modern technology and incorporates them into buildings, homes, and other architectural structures. The High-tech architectural style serves as a link between modernism and post-modernism. The most popular characteristics of this style are its use of glass walls and steel frames. Most technical features of the High-tech architecture are often displayed on the building’s exterior. Info source: hrarchitecture.com

This building is often described as ,,high tech", but Renzo Piano prefers other modifiers. Renzo Piano says: ,,The centre was intended to be a joyful urban machine, a creature that might have come from a Jules Verne book, or an unlikely looking ship in dry dock. It is a double provocation: a challenge to academicism, but also a parody of the technological imagery of our time. To see it as high-tech is misunderstanding." Info source: architect.architecture.sk

       
Richard Rogers  

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Born in Florence, Italy, Rogers trained at the Architectural Association in London and earned his master’s degree in architecture from Yale University. There his path crossed with a number of other design giants: Paul Rudolph, who headed the architecture school; James Stirling, who taught Rogers; and Norman Foster, a fellow student with whom he opened a practice after the pair graduated and returned to England.

Although Rogers’s recent works, such as London’s Millennium Dome, in 2000, and Terminal 4 at the Madrid Barajas Airport, which opened in 2005, continue to display his flair for showcasing the purely functional elements of a building, he has increasingly concerned himself with larger scales—both urban and global. “Cities are where life is most precarious; they are also where we have the greatest tangible opportunity for improvement, intervention, and change,” he said in a 1995 lecture. "Info source: archrecord.construction.com

Rogers earned a reputation as a high-tech iconoclast with the 1977 completion of the Pompidou Center, with its exposed skeleton of brightly colored tubes for mechanical systems.

Asked to describe his own stylistic signature, Rogers said he was recognized for "celebrating the components and the structure."
"That's how we get rhythm and poetry out of it," he said. He added that he would like to be known for "buildings which are full of light, which are light in weight, which are flexible, which have low energy, which are what we call legible. You can read how the building is put together.
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Renzo Piano  

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Renzo Piano was bom into a family of builders in Genoa, Italy in 1937. His grandfather, his father, four uncles and brother were all contractors and Renzo Piano admits, Renzo Piano should have been one too, but instead chose architecture.

After his graduation in 1964 Renzo Piano worked in his father's company and during the time 1965-1970 Renzo Piano worked in offices of Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia and ZS. Makowski in London. Other important influence Renzo Piano acknowledges, was Pierluigi Nervi.

Renzo Piano 's first important commission was in 1969 to design the Italian Industry Pavilion at Expo'70 in Osaka. The Expo project attracted much favorable attention, including that of another young english architect named Richard Rogers. The two architects found that they had a great deal in common and when an engineering firm suggested they worked together and enter the international competition for the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris; they did and won. Info source: architect.architecture.sk

Together, Rogers and Piano designed a number of buildings in Italy and England. Their most famous building, the Pompidou Center in Paris, takes its form from a metaphor of the 'cultural machine' with all color-coded service elements and structure emphasized on the building's exterior.

Like most works designed by members of the "High-Tech" movement, Piano established technology as a starting point for his designs. Fortunately, he modified his attempts to generate an architectural character based on technological forms with a concern for user comfort and needs.

"'His work is executed with integrity and an abiding awareness that architecture is the beautiful intervention that seams nature with technology.'" — Renzo Piano Gold Medal, ArchitectureWeek No. 365 Info source: www.greatbuildings.com

       
Norman Foster  

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stansted airport high tech design norman foster pic from flickr.com

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foster high tech interior japan pic from http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/0411/Default.aspx

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norman foster house in corsica high tech design pic from www.fosterandpartners.com

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Norman Foster was born in Manchester, England in 1935. He received his architectural training at Manchester University School of Architecture, which he entered at age 21, and Yale University. He worked with Richard Rogers and Sue Rogers and his wife, Wendy Foster, as a member of "Team 4" until Foster Associates was founded in London in 1967.

The "High Tech" vocabulary of Foster Associates shows an uncompromising exploration of technological innovations and forms. The firm's work also shows a dedication to architectural detailing and craftsmanship. Their designs emphasize the repetition of industrialized "modular" units in which prefabricated off-site-manufactured elements are frequently employed. The firm often designs specialist components for individual projects. Info source: architects.greatbuildings.com

 

Foster attracted attention in 1971 when he was able to deliver a permanent office building to IBM in Cosham, at the cost and within the time-frame of temporary quarters. In 1975, Foster's modernist solution for an office structure in Ipswich, England for Willis Faber & Dumas brought the first international attention to his work. The three-storey, glass-clad exterior followed irregular street patterns, reflecting its surroundings by day, but becoming transparent at night to reveal the two open plan office floors and a swimming pool on the ground level.

The project is considered a model of social responsiveness, as well as being ecologically efficient. Within two years, he confirmed his ability to bring innovation in both materials and design to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. On a much larger and international scale, in 1979, he received the commission for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's headquarters, for which he designed a tower 47 stories above a ground floor plaza. Info source: www.pritzkerprice.com

The philosophy statement of his company Foster and Partners - which employs 500 people at studios in London, Berlin and Hong Kong - says that in recognition of architecture being a public art, each project "is sensitive to the culture and climate of its place"

His designs have been labelled "high-tech" - but he does not care for the term, saying: "Since Stonehenge, architects have always been at the cutting edge of technology. And you can't separate technology from the humanistic and spiritual content of a building."

Indeed, they often exist to make his buildings as ecologically sensitive as possible.

With much of the reporting in UK on the renovation of Germany's Reichstag focusing on its British architect, Sir Norman's environmental accomplishments with the parliament building risked being overlooked.

But he managed to incorporate in his design a method of fuelling the building with vegetable oils, thus reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 94%.

And by eschewing traditional air conditioning - at least for 60% of the year - in favour of natural ventilation in Frankfurt's Commerzbank, he ensured that fuel consumption was cut.

He said of that project: "Anything that reduces fuel consumption and cuts down on greenhouse gasses is good news." Info source: news.bbc.co.uk


 

       
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united nations building pic from http://publicdomainclip-art.blogspot.com/2007/09/united-nations-headquarters-building.htmlimage source: publicdomainclip-art.blogspot.com

richard rogers high tech lloyd pic from flickr.comimage source: flickr.com

high tech building pic from http://hrarchitecture.com/2008/05image source: hrarchitecture.com

high tech interior pic from http://www.dreamstime.com/design-of-modern-office.-hi-tech-interior.-image1759760image source: www.dreamstime.com

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more about Renzo Piano : architect.architecture.sk , hrarchitecture.com

more about Richard Rogers : archrecord.construction.com, marvelousarchitectures.blogspot.com

Norman Foster's Studio: www.fosterandpartners.com

more about Norman Foster: www.pritzkerprice.com , architects.greatbuildings.com

 

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