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Architect Richard Rogers
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Location Newport, South Wales   map
Date 1980 to 1982   timeline
Building Type semiconductor factory
 Construction System steel frame
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style High-Tech Modern





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"The building design evolved as a single-storey steel structure conceived as a kit of rapidly erectable parts, with maximum off-site prefabrication to allow the building to be erected bay by bay.The basic concept of Phase 1 of the building is a central linear circulation and service spine with internal wings for specialized activities. The spine...acts as an internal street or informal promenade, generous enough in size to contain vending machines, public telephones, seating, meeting places, planted areas and waiting areas for the offices. It provides total visual security control and is intended to link up with other future phases of building on the site, so that all the facilities in all the buildings are readily available to all staff."

— Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. p61.

The Creator's Words

"Architecture has developed from man's need to order the world in space and time, which is a precondition to its being accessible to our understanding. It is problem solving in the environmental field where logic is transposed into form by art, combining science with art, the practical with the abstract, the measurable with the immeasurable. The science of architecture constantly progresses: science which proves more efficient supplements outdated science. Art in architecture, however, does not make linear progress; it is dependent on symbolism, and develops more randomly through philosophical and visual analysis. Art encompasses our hopes and beliefs beyond the limit of the immediate."

— Richard Rogers. from Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. p8.

Sources on INMOS Factory

Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. London: Architectural Monographs, Academy Editions, 1985. ISBN 0-312-68207-7. LC 82-60002. NA997.R6R5 1985. p8, 61.

Richard Rogers & Partners, architects. "Factory, Newport, Gwent, South Wales", The Architectural Review, December 1982, Volume CLXXII No 1030. Photographs by Ken Kirkwood. Color photo of interior, gatefold on p29-30. color photo of exterior entrance, gatefold on p39.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. cited.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. interior, exterior photos, p371. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about INMOS Factory


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