Renzo Piano unveils new courthouse for Toronto

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has revealed its first project in Canada: a Toronto courthouse elevated on columns to expose tall glazed walls and a 20-metre-high atrium. Italian architect Piano and his firm will build the Toronto Courthouse in the Downtown area – close to the city’s current major courthouse, which was completed in 1967, and the

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Transparent buildings are safer says Renzo Piano

In this video interview, architect Renzo Piano discusses designing his glass skyscraper for The New York Times in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Piano began work on the project just three days after the city’s Twin Towers were destroyed in 2001, and said everyone was unsurprisingly fearful of building another high-rise that could

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First photos emerge of tiered tower built by Renzo Piano to house Paris law courts

Work has completed on Tribunal de Paris – a tiered skyscraper, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano to become the largest law complex in Europe. Comprising a series of stacked glass volumes, the building will bring together the various activities of the French capital’s judiciary system, which had previously been scattered about the city. It is not set to open

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New images show Renzo Piano’s Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA

New images have been released detailing Renzo Piano’s design for a moviemaking museum in Los Angeles, following news that project has just received a $50 million funding donation. Currently under construction, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will comprise a 300,000-square-foot (27,870-square-metre) campus, in the Californian city that is home to Hollywood’s movie studios. The building

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Sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano will sit opposite the Centre Pompidou

French artist Xavier Veilhan has created two new sculptures of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano, which are set to be permanently installed across from the architects’ iconic building, the Centre Pompidou. The sculptures are variations on pieces in Veilhan’s Architects series, first exhibited at a private viewing in the Palace of Versailles in 2009. They will

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Renzo Piano designs top-heavy arts centre for Columbia University

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has cantilevered the gallery and performance spaces at the top of this off-white arts school, which was designed for Columbia University’s new campus in Upper Manhattan. The Lensvelt Center for the Arts is the second building to be completed in the university’s new Manhattanville campus, a few blocks north of its historic home in Morningside Heights,

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Renzo Piano sinks sail-covered art gallery into Aix-en-Provence vineyard

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has completed the Château La Coste Art Gallery, a sunken exhibition space topped by sails, which is set among the grape vines of a winery in Aix-en-Provence, France. Renzo Piano’s firm used chunky concrete walls to frame the 285-square-metre building, which is submerged six metres into a valley so that its roof is level with

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Renzo Piano completes stilted art gallery on Santander waterfront

Thousands of shimmering ceramic discs cover the stilted volumes of Renzo Piano’s Centro Botín art gallery, which stands on the docks in the Spanish city of Santander. The Centro Botín is Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s first building in Spain, and is part of a wider redevelopment of Santander’s Pereda Gardens. It occupies a former ferry car park in a newly created piece of the park,

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Renzo Piano joins roster of starchitects adding to San Francisco’s skyline

Another skyscraper is set for San Francisco’s SoMa district, this time by Italian architect Renzo Piano. The mixed-use skyscraper will rise 37 storeys at 555 Howard Street, close to the Transbay Transit Hub that is currently under construction. The surrounding South of Market (SoMa) area is also undergoing huge development, with tall buildings by Foster

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Plans for Renzo Piano’s Paddington Cube put on hold

UK secretary of state Sajid Javid has halted the planning application for Renzo Piano’s contentious Paddington Cube in London, as he considers whether to call for a public inquiry. Javid – the secretary of state for communities and local government – issued Westminster City Council with an Article 31 direction to stall the planning application of Renzo Piano’s 18-storey tower. The

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Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers share Centre Pompidou photographs on 40th anniversary

Archive photography from the offices of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers shows the dramatic inside-out form of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which is celebrating its 40th birthday. One of the most famous examples of the high-tech style, the Centre Pompidou was assembled from a kit of huge prefabricated steel parts. Over 15,000 tonnes of steel were used in

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Renzo Piano completes “palace of light” for Columbia University medical researchers

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has designed a light-filled neuroscience research facility at Columbia University’s new campus in Upper Manhattan. The Jerome L Greene Science Center is the first building to complete on the university’s Manhattanville campus, located a few blocks north of its historic Morningside Heights in Harlem. Piano worked with SOM to masterplan the wider

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Peter Zumthor to extend Renzo Piano’s Fondation Beyeler art museum

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has been chosen to extend to Switzerland’s most-visited art museum – the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen, Basel, originally designed by Renzo Piano. Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner will create a major extension for the institution, which bills itself as Switzerland’s most-visited art museum with over 6.2 million visitors since its launch in 1997. More

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Renzo Piano to lead recovery plan following Italian earthquake

Architect Renzo Piano has been called upon to lead reconstruction efforts in towns left devastated by the earthquake that struck central Italy last week, and to mitigate against future disasters. Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi asked Piano, 78, to play a leading role in the reconstruction of the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, after they were hit More

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Renzo Piano slashes height of controversial Paddington skyscraper

Renzo Piano has cut 54 stories from his stalled Paddington Pole skyscraper to create a new proposal for a “floating” glass cube on the site by London’s Paddington station. Piano’s new 18-storey building, redubbed the Paddington Cube, comprises a 14-storey office block raised 12 metres above a large public space. The cube would be supported by slender poles over a five-storey podium More

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Renzo Piano completes Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on a huge artificial hill

Italian architect Renzo Piano has finished a major new park, library and theatre complex in Athens, following one of the largest donations for a cultural building project in history (+ slideshow). Located in the Kallithea district in the south of the Greek capital, the huge Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre creates new homes for the National Library of Greece and More

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Renzo Piano’s plans for controversial “Paddington Pole” skyscraper withdrawn

Renzo Piano’s proposal for a 72-storey skyscraper in London’s Paddington has been withdrawn following protests against the development. Plans for the 254-metre-tall cylindrical tower by the Italian architect included over 300 luxury homes, as well as offices, shops and restaurants. The project was due to be brought before Westminster council’s planning committee on 8 March, but was withdrawn by More

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Top 8 Iconic Art Gallery Conversions

Conversions are amongst the types of architecture projects that intrigue us most, particularly when it comes to giving new life to dilapidated historic buildings. Renovated art exhibition spaces provide a particularly fascinating example, given their …

Renzo Piano reveals designs for Soho Tower in New York

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled images detailing its design for a 25-storey residential tower in New York’s Soho. Dubbed The Soho Tower, the skyscraper is being developed through a partnership between real-estate firms SHVO, Halpern Real Estate Ventures, Itzhaki Acquisition and Bizzi & Partners Development. It will be built on a vacant site between Broome and Watts More

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Renzo Piano unveils plans for glass tower on Miami Beach

Renzo Piano Building Workshop is set to begin work on a glass-sheathed tower in Miami Beach that will be the firm’s first residential project in the USA (+ slideshow). Eighty Seven Park will sit between parkland and the Atlantic Ocean in Miami’s North Beach district. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the glass tower will feature oblong floors […]

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Renzo Piano draws up designs for his next London skyscraper

Architect Renzo Piano has unveiled designs for another London skyscraper – a 224-metre cylindrical tower expected to do for Paddington “what The Shard did for London Bridge”. Three years after completing the 300-metre-high Shard tower at London Bridge station, the Italian architect has once again teamed up with developer Sellar Property Group to redevelop the former Royal […]

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Renzo Piano to convert Moscow power station into art gallery

Italian architect Renzo Piano has unveiled plans to convert a power station on the banks of Moscow’s Moskva river into a new venue for contemporary art. Renzo Piano Building Workshop will transform Moscow’s GES2 power station and the two hectares of grounds that surround it on its city centre plot into an exhibition space for the […]

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Renzo Piano’s new building for the Whitney set to open

Italian architect Renzo Piano has completed his new home for the Whitney museum – an asymmetric steel and concrete block nestled amongst the industrial buildings of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District (+ slideshow). Conceived as a laboratory for artists, the new building for the prestigious New York art museum is a nine-storey structure boasting indoor and outdoor galleries, a conservation laboratory and […]

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Renzo Piano joins Rogers Stirk Harbour and Wilkinson Eyre for Sydney harbour overhaul

Renzo Piano has become the latest architect to contribute a design to the major redevelopment of Sydney’s Barangaroo South waterfront (+ movie). The Italian architect has designed a pair of residential high-rises for the £3 billion harbour regeneration project, which also includes skyscraper proposals by British firms Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre. […]

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Renzo Piano reconfigures Harvard Art Museums around a grand courtyard atrium

Italian architect Renzo Piano has upgraded the facilities of the Harvard Art Museums in Boston, Massachusetts, by adding a new gallery wing and transforming a former courtyard into a top-lit atrium (+ slideshow). Renzo Piano Building Workshop has increased gallery space by 40 per cent in the three buildings that make up the Harvard Art Museum […]

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