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Assembly by Rogers

by Terri Whitehead

Despite the breathtaking views over Cardiff Bay toward Penarth Marina, visitors to the new National Assembly for Wales, standing on the grand, slate-clad terraces, will find it is impossible to stop looking inland. Designed by Richard Rogers, known for his iconic buildings such as Lloyds of London, Centre Pompidou, and the Madrid Airport, the National Assembly building opened in March 2006 after years of political wrangling.

A striking red-cedar soffit undulates through the building and out toward the harbor. The use of natural materials such as wood and local slate is just one reason the building is being heralded as a pioneering example of sustainability. It may also be one of the most important and controversial projects of Roger's career.

The Welsh National Assembly was founded in 1987 following a referendum, and allows the Senedd (parliament or senate) the sought-after powers of home rule. This important organization needed a world-class building to portray its identity and to encourage local pride and interest in politics.   >>>

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National Assembly for Wales, designed by Richard Rogers.
Photo: Welsh Assembly Government

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View from the slate terrace to Cardiff Bay.
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