Richard Rogers: turning architecture inside out


Alan Yentob meets Richard Rogers, one of the leading figures in world architecture and the pioneer behind some of the world's most iconic buildings of the past 40 years.

As a major new exhibition to mark his life and work, Inside Out, opens at the Royal Academy in London, BBC One's arts strand imagine... shows a revised film first broadcast in 2008. Rogers tours some of those iconic buildings discussing his inspirations and challenges, and also goes back to his Italian roots, providing a revealing insight into the world of a design pioneer.

Rogers' career highlights include the 'High-Tech' Pompidou Centre in Paris, the similarly controversial but now Grade 1-listed Lloyd's building and Madrid's Barajas Airport, which earned Rogers-Stirk-Harbour and Partners the Stirling Prize in 2006. Next year will see the completion of The Leadenhall Building, a 225m-tall skeletal glass-and-steel wedge soaring up from the streets of the City of London.

imagine... Richard Rogers: Inside Out is on BBC One on Tuesday 16 July. Watch the full film on BBC iPlayer until 23 July.

Richard Rogers: Inside Out is at The Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens from 18 July - 13 October 2013.

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