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Richard Rogers

This week architects paid tribute to high-tech pioneer Richard Rogers

This week on Dezeen, we covered the news that Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers passed away aged 88.

Rogers, who was one of the world's best-known architects, passed away in his home on 18 December. Tributes were paid to the "superstar" architect by creatives including Peter Barber, Charles Holland and Julia Barfield.

In his tribute, fellow Pritzker Architecture Prize-winner Norman Foster, who Rogers co-founded his first studio with, described him as his "oldest and closest friend".

Centre du Pompidou
Richard Rogers' top 10 architecture projects

Following Rogers' death we took a look at 10 of his most influential projects including the Centre Pompidou (pictured), Lloyd's building and the Millennium Dome.

In an opinion piece dicussing his legacy, critic Catherine Slessor said that "Rogers' star burned especially furiously" and that "a point of light had disappeared from a constellation of architects that shaped the last 40 years".

Valley by MVRDV
Valley by MVRDV photographed near completion in Amsterdam

In other architecture news, Dutch studio MVRDV revealed images of its Valley high-rise scheme that is nearing completion in Amsterdam's financial district.

The development, which is set to complete next year, is composed of three conjoined buildings linked podium to recreate the shape of a valley.

Sheltered space in Eleftheria Square by Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects creates multi-level city park in Cyprus' capital

In Cyprus, UK studio Zaha Hadid Architects unveiled a public park that runs alongside the historic Venetian walls of Nicosia.

Named Eleftheria Square, the multi-level public space was built within a section of the dry moat that surrounds the oldest part of the city.

McDonald's in Market Drayton
McDonald's opens "UK's first net-zero restaurant"

This week also saw a pair of buildings in the UK claiming to be net-zero firsts.

Fast-food chain McDonald's opened "the UK's first net-zero restaurant" in Shropshire, while in London Room2 opened the "world's first whole-life net-zero hotel" in Chiswick.

Top floor of Staying in Paris house by Java Architecture
Dezeen's top 10 house extensions of 2021

We countinued our review of the year this week by looking at the house extensions that turned heads in 2021.

We also rounded up the 10 non-fossil-fueled vehicles, including a coupe designed by Virgil Abloh and an electric car by Heatherwick Studio, that made an impact this year.

Tree inside The Greenery
Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota design Italian home around 10-metre-tall tree

Popular projects this week included a house designed by Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota around a ten-metre-tall tree, a monolithic church in an Italian hill top town and a house in Japan that includes an Aztec-informed pyramid.

Our lookbook this week focused on eclectic living rooms with statement rugs.

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