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Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Complete Works Volume 5

It’s 23 years since the first of Peter Buchanan’s monumental volumes on Renzo Piano appeared. The latest edition features projects completed between 2000 and 2007, plus several that are recently realised, including the London Bridge Tower (‘The Shard’). In total, the books record more than 30 years of achievement since Piano and his then partner Richard Rogers achieved instant superstar status with the completion of Paris’ Pompidou Centre in 1977. It is hard to think of any project in the intervening years that has failed to meet the expectations of Piano’s multitude of admirers. He is the archetypal architect’s architect, a pioneer who leads where others follow–for example, in the virtuoso use of materials such as timber, stone, brick and glass. Among the 14 projects recorded here (in meticulous detail, in tune with the expansive tone of the Phaidon series) are the New York Times office tower, Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church. Also included are the final phases of the Lingotto Factory Conversion …

Book Review: Piano. Complete Works 1966–2014

Piano, virtuoso. This book covers the wide-ranging career of the master architect. “The array of buildings by Renzo Piano is staggering in scope and comprehensive in the diversity of scale, material, and form. He is truly an architect whose sensibilities represent the widest range of this and earlier centuries.” Such was the description of Renzo Piano given by the Pritzker Prize jury as they bestowed the prestigious award on him in 1998. Whereas some architects have a signature style, what sets Piano apart is that he seeks simply to apply a coherent set of ideas to new projects in extraordinarily different ways. “One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again,” Piano says. “Like a movie director doing a love story, a western, or a murder mystery, a new world confronts an architect with each project.” This explains why it takes more than a superficial glance to recognize Piano’s fingerprints on such varied projects as the Pompidou Center in Paris (1971-77), the Kansai airport in …

Kahn : Piano – The Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum where we can see two masters in the same campus. the old Louis Kahn and the newly made extension of Renzo Piano. Renzo Piano did not make an imposing building as he believes in nature, light and the transparency of the process. He knew he would be constantly compared with the masterpiece that sits 65 yards apart but he made an equally important statement by integrating the surroundings and structure, the natural light and the superior technology of which he is a proponent of . It’s the intimacy and the human scale of the building that will take it a long way. Renzo Piano speaks about the museum in the following video: