Ongoing Projects

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    2015-in progress Beirut City History Museum, Beirut, Lebanon

    The Tell Site represents the ancient past. The Martyrs’ Square represents the recent past. Both are about Beirut’s history and memory. The continuity in-between is essential to the integrity of the whole scheme.

    The concept is about one site and one vision, with the Beirut City Museum as a threshold in-between.

    The project seeks to re-establish the historical role of Martyrs’ Square; including The Beirut City Museum and the Tell Site, as a unifying place and a destination. The site appears as a continuous archeological excavation. The new Museum will be inhabiting the excavation, providing exhibition spaces open to the exterior archeological park.

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    2014-in progress 565 Broome SoHo, New York, U.S.A

    565 Broome SoHo will be constructed in one of New York’s most historic neighborhoods - Soho. Overhanging the Hudson River, the residential tower will offer to its occupants an outstanding panoramic view on the city and on the river. This project will be in line with the district’s spirit, being historically a center for arts, but also more recently for restaurants, shops, hotels and local businesses.

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    2012-in progress Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at LACMA West, Los Angeles, U.S.A

    This project is currently in development for the area of the museum’s campus known as Lacma West: the creation of the Academy Museum of Motion Picture will redevelop the existing 1938 May Company Department Store building. Additions to the north side of the building that date from 1946 will be removed and replaced with a ‘bubble’, a 1000-seat theatre and a terrace with views towards Hollywood. A dialogue between the existing building (‘gravitas’) and the new extension (‘levitas’) will emerge and with it, a discourse between shadow and light, heaviness and weightlessness.

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    2014-in progress 8701 Collins Avenue, Miami, U.S.A

    The site is the last piece of land north of North Shore Open Space Park at the limit of the city of Miami Beach. This is just an amazing and unique site, almost suspended between the sea and the park. The main idea of the project is to enhance the presence of the green space in the area of North Shore Park, by extending the green area to 87th Terrace at the northern limit of the project site. Reducing the footprint of the building to create more space for greenery would best achieve this goal, and orienting the building east-west maximizes the views from Harding Avenue and Collins Avenue towards the ocean.

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    2015-in progress Krause Gateway Center, Des Moines, U.S.A

    Lightness, simplicity and openness will be the three main concepts which will express the new Kum&Go Headquarter in Downtown Des Moines. The building will “fly” over the site surrounded by a dense public green park, and will connect Grand Street with Ingersoll Avenue, visually and physically. This new green space will be a kind of continuation of the sculpture park just in front of it The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.

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    2014-in progress Saifi mixed-use development, Beirut, Lebanon

    The site is located in the downtown area, partially seated on the Solidere District and partially on the Beirut City district. The urban constraints imposed by both districts, define the project lines and generate its massing: a 24M height podium and double towers. The Podium is fragmented to allow light and sun to penetrate into middle of the lot, creating a small sunny Piazza at the ground floor level, open to the city. Generously planted, the podium’s roof will host a suspended garden, recalling "the Babylonian garden”. Above the podium, double towers emerge and are articulated with the panoramic lifts landing - a transparent slot separating the two masses. Stone, glass, steel, fabric and greenery will compose simply and generate transparency, lightness and luminosity.

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    2013-in progress Maison des Avocats, Paris, France

    The Maison de l’Ordre des Avocats (MOdA, the headquarters of the Paris Bar Association), is an integral part of the new Cité Judiciaire, a group of buildings dedicated to the legal profession, currently under construction in Paris’s 17th arrondissement. Symbolically transparent, the life of the building, its activity and its comings and goings, will be clearly visible through its facade. The MOdA is sited so that its building fits with and references the much larger Palais de Justice (law courts) building, while standing proudly independent from it, a clear entity in its own right. Structurally sophisticated to deal with a site that sits on top of the Metro, it is also an important part of the new public urban spaces being generated here that will invigorate this neighbourhood.

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    2013-in progress Fielden House, London, United Kingdom

    In 2013, RPBW was appointed by the Sellar Property Group to design a slender residential tower with generous public realm amenities at street level, to complement the now occupied, Shard and Place buildings.

    The scheme is both respectful of its historic context on St Thomas Street through the choice of facing materials, while clearly acknowledging the cluster established by The Shard. The 26 storey tower, a third the height of the Shard, steps back in section, maintaining sight lines of The Shard in local views. At the scale of the city, the proportions of The Shard remain unchanged.

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    2008-in progress Südbahnhof mixed-use development, Wien, Austria

    The demolition of the Südbahnhof and Ostbahnhof and the construction of Vienna’s new Hauptbahnhof central railway station have released a city-centre site that has highly contradictory adjacent conditions. On one side are the historic Schloss Belvedere, the Schweizergarten park, the recently renovated 21er Haus, and the Arsenal. On the other the new Hauptbahnhof with its mass of railway tracks, busy streets and high-density urban fabric, in a variety of architectural styles and with a mix of uses. This is a location that offers scenic views of Vienna’s architectural heritage (Belvedere, Stephansdom) and natural environment (Schneeberg, Vienna Woods), but also at the same time exposes the realities of modern urban life. And this is where RPBW was commissioned in 2008 to design a hotel and residential complex.

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    2008-in progress The Float building, Düsseldorf, Germany
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    2013-In progress JNBY Headquarters project, Hangzhou, China

    The site for the new JNBY Headquarters is a significant part of a "superblock" that makes up the urban fabric of the city of Hangzhou. The superblocks in Hangzhou, and like many other new areas in China, are semi private gated communities approximately 500 meters by 500 meters. They are surrounded by heavily trafficked six lane roads lined with impenetrable six to ten story buildings. This barren "brown field" site for the JNBY Headquarters is a notched trapezoid shape about 260 m x 175 m wide oriented roughly in the north south direction. A significant aspect of this site is that it is bordered on the south by a lush green park on the Yan Shan River.

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    2014-In progress Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Cachan, Paris-Saclay, France

    In January 2014, the ENS Cachan announced that it has selected RPBW from five other shortlisted firms to develop a 64,000 square meter building as part of its campus project at Paris Saclay. The building project is composed of 4 architectural units which border a park measuring over a hectare. This “extraordinary” garden acts as the vibrant centre of the different surrounding buildings, which overlook the richness of the School and maintain the readability of space. The entirely transparent south façade gives a view into the daily life of the school, housing areas such as the cafeteria, restaurant, a reception and conference centre and research laboratories. The northern building, which resembles bright indoor street, will be used for teaching and researching fundamental sciences for engineers, while the human and social sciences cluster is situated in the “satellite,” an area embodying a more rounded form.

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    2013-in progress City Center San Ramon, San Ramon, U.S.A

    In ancient Greek, meaning “Place”, Topos is charged with all signification related to the local environment and life. Nature dominates San Ramon, a suburb of San Francisco. Trees, water and landscape shape the environment.

    The project for the City Center San Ramon is entirely conceived around the Piazza. It is a generous piazza of 127’ by 384’ surrounded by six pavilions of varying sizes. All of the pavilions have a direct relation to the piazza and each of them contributes to animate it. San Ramon needs a City Center but also needs a “seed,” a place capable to generate opportunities around it.

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    2013-in progress Emergency Children’s Surgery Center, Entebbe, Uganda

    Our vision of Africa has recently undergone a slow but steady development, from neglected continent to the new frontier of an evolving world. The challenge of this new project of Emergency NGO is to combine the practical requirements of a paediatric surgery hospital in Africa with the desire to create a model piece of architecture: rational, tangible, modern, beautiful, but firmly linked to tradition. It will be more than a mere hospital: it will be the first architectural work in Africa designed by someone who, over the past decades, has actually written the story of architecture. This project is a sign of extreme symbolic importance for the promotion of health care and culture in Uganda and in the whole of Africa.

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    2010-in progress Citadel University Campus, Amiens, France

    In the context of an ongoing project to bring student life into the city centre, the northern French town of Amiens has decided to convert its 17th-century citadel into a new campus for the Université de Picardie Jules-Verne. Several faculties will regroup within the walls of Henri IV’s brick fortress, along with a host of public amenities and a huge park, opening up the area to the whole city. The citadel was completed in 1622 on the northern edge of the centre of Amiens. Occupying some 13 hectares (32 acres), the fortress has long constituted a major obstacle to development of the north of the city, which has occurred piecemeal, without strategy or infrastructure. It was recognised that the development of this site offered the opportunity to create a much-needed link between the city centre and its northern neighbourhoods, with far-reaching benefits for the overall urban development of Amiens.

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    2010-in progress Centro Botín, Santander, Spain

    The Centro Botín is a new space for art, culture and the diverse activites of the Fundación Botín. It will be constructed in the Jardines de Pereda, on the seafront of the city of Santander in north-western Spain. The project reclaims an area currently used as a car park, restoring it to the city. The site, organized as an extension of the city grid through the existing park, will provide direct access from the historic town centre to the sea and will enhance visual connections with the water.

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    2009-In progress Château La Coste Art Gallery, Aix-en-Provence, France

    Chateau la Coste, near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France, is a winery and estate whose owners have been commissioning contemporary art and architecture for their domain since 2004. Renzo Piano was invited to make his mark on this collection with a design for a new wine cellar and exhibition space.

    The traditional 17th-century provençale buildings of Chateau la Coste were significantly added to in 2008, with a state-of-the-art new cuverie (winemaking facility) designed by Jean Nouvel. This new cuverie, along with pavilions by Frank Gehry and Tadao Ando, amongst others, plus an impressive collection of contemporary artworks displayed in the grounds, make Chateau La Coste much more than just a winemaking estate.

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    2002-in progress "Le Albere" area, Trento, Italy

    The Quartiere delle Albere district, the site of a former Michelin factory, is now a new part of the city of Trento. This transformed post-industrial brownfield site now shares many characteristics with Trento’s urban fabric – the clear hierarchy of the design, its functional stratification and an overall similarity in the size of buildings and materials used for their construction. This urban renewal project has reconnected the city to its natural context, which in Trento is defined by the nearby Adige River and Monte Bondone. This new district, for a long time physically separated from the city centre by the railway, now feels psychologically closer. Quartiere delle Albere is home to MuSe, the new Science Museum, serving to reinforce the cultural identity of this area of Trento.

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    2005-in progress Masterplan for the ex-Falck area, Milan, Italy

    The redevelopment of the former Falck steel factory site called for a masterplan that would reunite the divided city of Sesto. Today two ‘cities’ sit side by side: the densely populated historical Sesto and the ‘Sesto of the Factories’, formerly the site of large scale industry, a once proud area of collective memory which today lies abandoned and empty. The Sesto San Giovanni brownfield site has great potential for renewed urban life. The redevelopment project has an open and clear layout based on the symbolic and predominant green areas which will give it its structure, alongside the existing industrial buildings slated for reuse. The site will reconnect with its surroundings with a new active urban fabric and it is to be the new home for the Città della Salute e della Ricerca, a new complex housing the Besta Neurological Institute and the Tumor Institute.

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    2010-in progress Paris Courthouse, Paris, France

    Situated on the northern edge of central Paris, the new Palais de Justice will regroup various facilities currently dispersed around the capital, becoming the largest law courts complex in Europe. The building takes the form of a slim, transparent, 160m tower of stacked volumes of decreasing size, carefully laid out for efficiency and ease of use.

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    2010-in progress Lenfest Center for the Arts, New York, U.S.A

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop teamed up with SOM on the master plan of Columbia University’s new Manhattanville Campus. The first phase of the Harlem development is on site, and will include four buildings designed by RPBW: the Jerome L. Greene Science Center, the Lenfest Center for the Arts, the Forum, and the School of International and Public Affairs. Columbia University has always been an urban institution. The new campus will be a place of research and knowledge production integrated with the city, in close contact with its social reality, street culture and energy.

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    2011-in progress Manhattanville Academic Conference Center, New York, U.S.A

    As the third building of the new Columbia University Manhattanville Campus, The Forum complements the Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts by adding “communication” to the mix of functions represented in Phase 1 of the new campus.

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    2009-in progress Pinwheel, Beirut, Lebanon

    ‘Pinwheel’ is the development of a whole new neighbourhood located between the old city of Beirut, the ‘Main Land’, and a new area of reclaimed land in the city’s port, known as the ‘New Continent’. This mixed-use development comprises two blocks of development – south and north of Wafik Sinno Avenue. The overall language of the development is one of transparency, shade, cool and vegetation, with winter gardens and roof gardens a particular feature.