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Renzo Piano


Helena Singleton

on 22 January 2013

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Renzo Piano “In my architecture, I try to use immaterial elements like transparency, lightness, and the vibration of the light. I believe that they are as much a part of the composition as the shapes and volumes.” - Renzo Piano The Pompidou houses the Bibliothèque publique d'information, a large public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne which is the largest museum for modern art in Europe. It also holds a centre for music research called IRCAM. The Menial Collection was conceived 10 years after the Pompidou highlighting how Renzo’s work has matured. Piano carefully studied light within exhibitions galleries, particularly in Texas where the Menil Collection was going to be, where there is harsh sun. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop currently has a staff of 150 and offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York. The Kansai International Airport was based on an artificial island located in the bay of Osaka, Japan (1990-94). The series of arches channel air from the passenger side of the terminal to the runway without the need for closed ducts. In the Jean-Marie Cultural Centre, Renzo Piano blends the use of wood and natural ventilation with glass and aluminium elements. The Shard
In March 2002, Renzo Piano was given permission to build a £350 million 66 story tower above the London Bridge tube station. “This is my vision,” he says, “I see the tower like a vertical little town for about 10 000 people to work in and enjoy and for hundreds of thousands more to commute to and from.” During his career, Piano proved that contemporary architecture could invent new solutions to specific problems which he has dealt with hands on in his work such as the Menil Collection. “An architect is always connected to the past and always connected to the future. You need the past because you need memories to create inventions for the future.” “Curiosity may kill you but you need to be curious to acquire knowledge from the past and curious for the future to make and invent new things.” Therefore we should not be afraid of inventing new things. Renzo created partnerships with architects such as Louis Kahn and Richard Rogers and engineer Peter Rice creating his world famous buildings. They helped Renzo develop his ideas and ultimately forming the real thing. Renzo was selected by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006. In 1994, Renzo Piano won the international competition for the new Auditorium in Rome. Piano’s buildings have been interpreted, by the architect himself and others, as having “lightness” and “transparency.” A master of modern , abstract architecture, he nonetheless succeeds in adapting his architecture to the most varied sites and functions. Examples of Renzo Piano's work... The Pompidou
The different systems on the exterior of the building are painted different colours to distinguish their different roles. One end of each gerberette is connected to an outer tension column, while the other supports a steel beam. The Renzo Piano Building Workshop offices are laid out in an unusual configuration, on a slope to the west of genoa facing the sea. The stepped design recalls neighboring terraces that cascade down toward the shore The structure is designed with a laminated wood frame roof set on thin metal columns. Piano's work past – present The Jean-Marie Culutural Centre, was dedicated to Jean-Marie Tjibaou who died in 1989 while leading the fight for his country’s autonomy from the French government. The Center itself is similar to that of the villages in which the Kanak tribes live; a series of huts which distinguish the different functions and hierarchies of the tribes. Bibliography Piano, Philip Jodidio, Taschen, 2012
http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/tjibaou/index.htm R, Piano (1997). Renzo Piano: log book. New York: the monacelli press. pg.

Piano, Philip Jodidio, Taschen, 2012
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