In 1977 Richard Rogers set up his architectural office after completing a prefabricated exposed steel structure gallery in France — Centre Pompidou. In 2020 he stepped down from his office with another prefabricated exposed steel structure gallery in France as his final project.

Richard Rogers’ Drawing Gallery



  1. Steel tube exoskeleton; prefabricated; space frame with Pratt trusses on sides; cantilevered from one side. Painted like the Golden Gate Bridge to make sure you could not miss it.
  2. Pivot; balancing point for the seesaw-like structure. The building touches the ground lightly on a single axis.
  3. Foundations; reinforced concrete.
  4. Retaining wall; reinforced concrete.
  5. Tension rods with fork heads; galvanised steel. Anchors structure to foundations.
  6. Cladding; steel panels; satin finish.
  7. Floor; poured resin; with recessed electrical sockets.
  8. Internal finish; white painted plasterboard. With structural expression delegated to the outside, inside is calm and pays respect to the exhibits and the view.
  9. Track lighting
  10. Glazing; 5×4 m, full-height; three panels, side panels fixed, middle panel sliding. Frames the view over the treetops towards Luberon hills on the horizon.
  11. Suspended access footbridge.
  12. HVAC system.
  13. Balcony.


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