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  • "Il Vulcano Buono" Nola, Italy 1995/2007 Completed
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    1995/2007

    "Il Vulcano Buono"

    Nola, Italy

    Located in the countryside outside Naples, this mixed-use centre is a modern version of a traditional marketplace. The centre includes a superstore, a shopping mall, entertainment and public spaces, restaurants, a hotel, offices and other facilities. The project design draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, in particular from the nearby Vesuvius volcano. The structure’s sloped form ranges from 25m to 41m in height, and the building has an overall diameter of 320m.

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  • "Le Albere" area Trento, Italy 2002/in progress Completed
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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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  • 565 Broome SoHo New York, U.S.A 2014/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • 8701 Collins Avenue Miami, U.S.A 2014/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • A vision for Genoa Harbour Genoa, Italy 2004 Completed
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    2004

    A vision for Genoa Harbour

    Genoa, Italy

    The port of Genoa is a major Italian seaport on the Mediterranean and is Italy’s busiest port by cargo tonnage. This project will increase and reorganise the port’s facilities on a grand scale, and became known from its early phases as Renzo Piano’s Genovese ‘fresco’. From its outset, the project has sought to reinstate a balance between Genoa the city and Genoa the industrial port. The port will be enlarged, but not simply by filling in remaining tracts of coast. Instead, wherever possible, the project aims to return the coast to the city of Genoa. A key part of this strategy is the transfer of Genoa airport from its current site to an artificial island, reclaiming the current airport surface area for port use. In this way the existing port, already configured linearly, could be extended to the west, doubling its size, at the same time giving the city a new and more efficient airport. This would then free up a number of coastal areas, creating a long, green belt that extends from the east to the west side of the city. The project also includes changes to the infrastructure of the city on urban, metropolitan, and inter-regional levels, including a connection to the future European high-velocity rail system and a much-needed reorganization of the city’s road infrastructure.

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  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures at LACMA West Los Angeles, U.S.A 2012/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Aluminium Research Institute Novara, Italy 1985/1987 Completed
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    1985/1987

    Aluminium Research Institute

    Novara, Italy

    The initial assignment was to study multifunctional facades that could be mass produced. Building a protoype led to the larger idea of using aluminum in every possible way for an entire building. Further research into using aluminum in a modular way yielded a building that could be assembled in the space of just four months.

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  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art Oslo, Norway 2006/2012 Completed
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    2006/2012

    Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

    Oslo, Norway

    Tjuvholmen is a new cultural quarter located to the south-west of Oslo’s city centre. Integrating art and leisure, the complex combines the Astrup Fearnley Museum and an office building, with a new public sculpture park, swimming beach and waterside promenade. As a continuation of the redevelopment of the Aker Brygge area of the city, site of former shipyards, Tjuvholmen has a privileged location right on the water’s edge, with views out over the fjord and back to the city centre.

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  • Auditorium del Parco L'Aquila, Italy 2010/2012 Completed
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    2010/2012

    Auditorium del Parco

    L'Aquila, Italy

    The Auditorium in L’Aquila was built as a temporary substitute to replace the Castello Spagnolo concert hall, gravely damaged in the 2009 earthquake. A group of three cubes, it is a simple design that tests the efficiency and expressiveness of spaces that were generated by need and necessity. Claudio Abbado proclaimed it “a building of great symbolic value”. He was one of the first people to realise that it could be a very long time before the city would be back to normal and that building a place to protect musical traditions would be a positive way to start the healing process.

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  • Aurora Place, Office and Residential Buildings Sydney, Australia 1996/2000 Completed
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    1996/2000

    Aurora Place, Office and Residential Buildings

    Sydney, Australia

    Aurora Place, a pair of towers for office and residential use respectively, is sited next to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

    The towers are connected at ground level by a piazza that is sheltered under a suspended glass canopy. The office tower is 200m tall with 44 storeys, yielding a total floor area of 49,000 sq m. The residential tower is smaller, having only 17 storeys.

    The building facade is made of a special screen-printed glass that incorporates cream-coloured ceramic particles and reflects the sun’s rays. This glass covering extends 30m across the building to create an enormous, and slightly curved, triangular ‘sail’. The roof is inclined at an angle of 43 degrees to avoid shading the adjacent park.

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  • Banca Popolare di Lodi Headquarters Lodi, Italy 1991/2001 Completed
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    1991/2001

    Banca Popolare di Lodi Headquarters

    Lodi, Italy

    Located on the site of a former factory, the headquarters for the Banca Popolare di Lodi is both a business centre and a place for social exchange.

    The scheme consists of offices for the bank, some retail space, various amenities for local people, and an auditorium.

    The site, with its inner glass-covered piazza, is a public open space and provides new routes from the town centre through to the nearby railway station.

    The terracotta cladding and the cylindrical structures evoke the silos typical of the region.

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  • Beirut City History Museum Beirut, Lebanon 2015/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Bercy 2 Shopping Center Paris, France 1987/1990 Completed
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    1987/1990

    Bercy 2 Shopping Center

    Paris, France

    The shape of this shopping centre was determined by its topography: a series of immediately adjacent motorway junctions carve out a space into which a curved, silver form has been fitted.

    The building’s highly visible 2,000 sq m roof is covered with 27,000 modular shiny steel panels of sophisticated geometry allowing for a maximum standardization of components.

    Apart from its aesthetic impact, the metal plays an important role in insulating the structure by deflecting sunlight away and creating a shaded, ventilated roof, beneath which a chamber of air slows down heat exchange with the outside.

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  • Beyeler Foundation Museum Riehen, Switzerland 1992/1997 Completed
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    1992/1997

    Beyeler Foundation Museum

    Riehen, Switzerland

    The Beyeler Foundation museum came into being when arts patron and collector Ernst Beyeler decided to share his extraordinary art collection with the public. It was built in the park of the 18th-century Villa Berower, which houses the museum’s offices and a restaurant. Beyeler wanted the art to be lit entirely by natural light and the museum to be immersed in the surrounding greenery.

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  • Braço de Prata Housing Complex Lisboa, Portugal 1999/in progress Ongoing
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    1999/in progress

    Braço de Prata Housing Complex

    Lisboa, Portugal

    The project to redevelop the Braço de Prata site, a former industrial estate on the banks of the river Tagus in Lisbon, will combine both urbanism and architecture. New residential buildings and retail facilities aim to bring life back to the district. The design draws inspiration from the site’s industrial past, in particular the dense grid layout that the original factory buildings followed, perpendicular to the adjacent Tagus river. The new scheme keeps the density of the grid but disrupts the uniformity by introducing a series of transversal roads. The spine of the scheme will be a new road running parallel to the river, for shops, pedestrians, and providing public transportation. The buildings are inspired by Lisboan tradition; their street facades will be simple and regular, concealing interior courtyard spaces. A grid of vegetation comprising some 1700 palm trees will cover the site to complement the urban grid.

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  • Broad Contemporary Art Museum (Lacma Expansion - Phase I) Los Angeles, U.S.A 2003/2008 Completed
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    2003/2008

    Broad Contemporary Art Museum (Lacma Expansion - Phase I)

    Los Angeles, U.S.A

    The scope of this project was to fuse the scattered buildings of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) into a cohesive campus, with new public spaces, new exhibition spaces and a strong visual identity for the museum. The first phase introduced the BP Grand Entrance, the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), and pedestrian connections through the site.

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  • California Academy of Sciences San Francisco, U.S.A 2000/2008 Completed
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    2000/2008

    California Academy of Sciences

    San Francisco, U.S.A

    Designing a great cultural and scientific institution in San Francisco, a city with a strong collective vocation for the environment, also meant finding a language that expressed this shared vision of the present in an immediate way. Through the evocative spaces of the Museum of Natural History, the large green roof that breathes and the successful coexistence of outreach activities and research, the new headquarters of the California Academy of Sciences wanted, using architecture, to convey their passion for knowledge of nature and the fact that the earth is fragile.

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  • Central St. Giles Court Mixed-use Development London, United Kingdom 2002/2010 Completed
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    2002/2010

    Central St. Giles Court Mixed-use Development

    London, United Kingdom

    Situated between Covent Garden and New Oxford Street in central London, the Central St Giles development replaces a massive, unloved, impenetrable block of former government offices, with a permeable, vibrant, sculptural mix of volumes containing offices, apartments, restaurants and retail. Central St Giles fits well with its urban context, responding to the shapes and colours that surround it.

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  • Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France 1971/1977 Completed
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    1971/1977

    Centre Georges Pompidou

    Paris, France

    An immediate architectural icon of Paris, the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou (Centre Pompidou, or Beaubourg) is a vast multidisciplinary structure, a culture factory that preserves and exhibits important modern art collections. It is a place where the many strands of contemporary culture intertwine: art, design, literature, music and cinema. The centre is like a huge spaceship made of glass, steel and coloured tubing that landed unexpectedly in the heart of the Paris, and where it would very quickly set deep roots.

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  • Centro Botín Santander, Spain 2010/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Chicago Art Institute – The Modern Wing Chicago, U.S.A 2000/2009 Completed
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    2000/2009

    Chicago Art Institute – The Modern Wing

    Chicago, U.S.A

    The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, a 25,000 sq m expansion that houses collections of European contemporary art, also unifies and completes the cultural and urban campus of the Art Institute.

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  • Château La Coste Art Gallery Aix-en-Provence, France 2009-In progress France
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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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  • Citadel University Campus Amiens, France 2010/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • City Center San Ramon San Ramon, U.S.A 2013/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Cité Internationale Lyon, France 1986/2006 Completed
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    1986/2006

    Cité Internationale

    Lyon, France

    A project combining architecture and urbanism, the Cité Internationale covers an area of 15 hectares located between the Tête d’Or park and the Rhone river.

    The programme comprises office and residential buildings, a congress centre, a hotel, a casino, a multiscreen-cinema complex and a museum of contemporary art. The scheme is composed of pairs of buildings, built in phases, on either side of a central pedestrian street, and creates new visual and physical links between the park and the river.

    Clad in terracotta, this was the first RPBW project to introduce an extra outer layer of glass facade, enclosing an air gap that acts as a heat exchanger.

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  • Columbia University Campus Plan New York, U.S.A 2002/in progress Completed
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    2002/in progress

    Columbia University Campus Plan

    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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  • Concept Study for a new Auditorium Bologna, Italy 2011 Completed
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    2011

    Concept Study for a new Auditorium

    Bologna, Italy

    The Auditorium delle Arti is a 1,800-seat concert hall located in central Bologna’s Manifattura delle Arti neighbourhood. The project is also a proposal for a comprehensive regeneration strategy for the area, to further enhance and improve the site’s urban identity. The auditorium is conceived like a finely tuned musical instrument, whose geometry and form are determined by the natural principles of sound diffusion. As a result, the volume of the auditorium rises vertically above the centrally located orchestra, which the audience encircles to enjoy a uniform quality of sound. By these means a closer relationship to music is established, allowing spectators to engage both physically and psychologically with the performing musicians. The auditorium itself is a single volume, clad in wood, that sits above a transparent ground floor which houses facilities such as the foyer and a restaurant. All supporting functions are accommodated in the adjacent 18th-century Palazzina Magnani. Access to the auditorium is from the Cavaticcio Gardens, a highly permeable, landscaped piazza that is intended to become the focus for the neighbourhood’s cultural spaces: MAMbo (Bologna Museum of Modern Art), Salara (a former salt warehouse), and the Cineteca (Bologna’s film institute). Pedestrian circulation across the concert hall site connects the existing arts facilities, tying the urban fabric of the area together.

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  • Credito Industriale Sardo Cagliari, Italy 1985/1992 Completed
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    1985/1992

    Credito Industriale Sardo

    Cagliari, Italy

    The corporate headquarters for Credito Industriale Sardo are private office buildings but their central location in the city of Cagliari demanded that their site contribute to the life of the city.

    The building and adjacent pedestrian piazza are fully integrated into the city via a series of open public courtyards and sheltering canopies. The complex also includes an auditorium for both private and public use.

    The building itself is in concrete faced in local stone.

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  • Cy Twombly Pavilion Houston, U.S.A 1992/1995 Completed
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    1992/1995

    Cy Twombly Pavilion

    Houston, U.S.A

    In 1992, RPBW was commissioned by Dominique de Menil to build a small, independent pavilion dedicated to the work of Cy Twombly in the grounds of the Menil Collection. Standing among the Menil’s surrounding bungalows, the Twombly Gallery had to have architectural and visual autonomy, while at the same time fitting in with the adjacent Menil Collection.

    The Cy Twombly Gallery is built of Menil-gray-coloured block concrete, is square in plan and contains nine galleries.

    Like the main museum, it is lit through the roof, but here with an external canopy of louvers, shading the sloping, hipped glass roof, below which a fabric ceiling diffuses the light, giving a reduced intensity of around 300 lux.

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  • Diogene Weil am Rhein, Germany 2011/2013 Completed
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    2011/2013

    Diogene

    Weil am Rhein, Germany

    Diogene is a minimalist, single-occupancy living unit which functions in total autonomy as a self-contained system, independent of its environment. A 7.5 sq m (81 sq ft) transportable cabin designed not as emergency housing but as a ‘voluntary place of retreat’.

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  • EMI Music France Headquarters Paris, France 2000/2005 Completed
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    2000/2005

    EMI Music France Headquarters

    Paris, France

    On a former industrial site in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, the scheme is composed of two small, restored buildings and four new buildings, linked together at first-floor level by an enclosed corridor that overlooks a central garden. These new pavilions are inspired by traditional Parisian workshops; they are not very tall, are clad in terracotta and have pitched roofs, glazed on one side to take advantage of natural light. Originally, each pavilion was intended to house a different music label (distinct companies, all part of the parent group). The pavilions had been designed to each have their own architectural identity within a common unifying design. Although the project underwent alterations in its final stages, due to a change in ownership, the inherent flexibility of the original design allowed the scheme to be adapted easily to meet new needs and demands. More than just a place for business, this music ‘village’ is also a venue for music events, with its own concert hall and three recording studios.

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  • Early Works Genoa, Italy 1964/1974 Completed
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    1964/1974

    Early Works

    Genoa, Italy

    These were projects that experimented with different materials and construction methods, that reflected on the flexibility of space, and that sought transparency and lightness; the early years were a journey, a process of learning about the complexity of architecture through real hands-on experience of the step by step basics of construction on site. These projects were also an opportunity to further consider the relationship between structure and function.

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  • Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) Cachan Paris-Saclay, France 2014/In progress Ongoing
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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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  • Emergency Children’s Surgery Center Entebbe, Uganda 2013/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Eolic Windmill Genoa, Italy 2009/2011 Completed
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    2009/2011

    Eolic Windmill

    Genoa, Italy

    The concept of ‘lightness’ fits very comfortably with designing a wind turbine. Renzo Piano Building Workshop is working with Enel Green Power to build a new type of wind-powered generator - a line in the sky, with two transparent blades reminiscent of the wings of a dragonfly. By considering the development and the current status of wind turbines, powerful yet delicate machines, by studying their details and mechanisms, this project considers issues of efficiency, sustainability and the impact of their widespread presence on the landscape.

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  • Façade System for the Luna Rossa Team Base for the 32nd America's Cup Valencia, Spain 2005/2006 Completed
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    2005/2006

    Façade System for the Luna Rossa Team Base for the 32nd America's Cup

    Valencia, Spain

    This structure was designed to serve as an operational base for Luna Rossa’s Team during the 2007 America’s Cup. Considering the building’s function, the choice of using old sails as a building material was natural and appropriate. The simple rectilinear steel structure is clad with a series of fabric panels. Each panel is produced out of a patchwork of pieces of sails cut and sewn together.

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  • Ferrari Wind Tunnel Maranello, Italy 1996/1998 Completed
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    1996/1998

    Ferrari Wind Tunnel

    Maranello, Italy

    The Ferrari Wind Tunnel, a space to test drag on racing cars, is more like an enormous machine than a building in the way all the mechanisms and apparatus are on show instead of being hidden from view.

    The tunnel is 80 metres long by 70 metres wide.

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  • Fielden House London, United Kingdom 2013/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Fondazione Vedova Venice, Italy 2000/2009 Completed
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    2000/2009

    Fondazione Vedova

    Venice, Italy

    Located in one of the nine warehouses that compose the Magazzini del Sale in Venice, the Vedova Foundation is entirely dedicated to the works of Italian artist Emilio Vedova and seeks to express the close relationship that the artist had with this site. The warehouse is an irregular and asymmetric volume, which is over 70m long, 9m wide and 8m high. It features a wooden vaulted roof structure and rough brick walls that have been left unchanged in order to maintain the austere character of building. The project comprises two main elements, the entrance area and the exhibition space.

    Vedova’s works are stored in a specially designed metal structure to the rear of the exhibition space, from where they are picked up and carried by a sophisticated conveying system equipped with mobile robotic arms. The works are slowly transported through the entire length of the Magazzino and positioned at various heights in the exhibition space. Vedova’s work is thereby gradually unveiled to visitors who can freely move around the canvases. Flexible and dynamic, the space is conceived to adapt to different kinds of art exhibition.

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  • Fragments New York, U.S.A 2013 Completed
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    2013

    Fragments

    New York, U.S.A

    The purpose of this Exhibition is to educate and broaden the knowledge of Architecture with a selection of projects by the architects of Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The Exhibition consists of 24 monographic tables telling the story of 24 different projects through models, drawings, photos and videos. “The atmosphere of the exhibition will be somewhere between a reading room in a library, a classroom in a school and a gallery in a natural history museum.” wrote Renzo Piano to Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org), which funded the exhibition at the beginning of the design process.

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  • Genoa New Cetaceans Pavilion Genoa, Italy 2007/2013 Completed
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    2007/2013

    Genoa New Cetaceans Pavilion

    Genoa, Italy

    The Cetaceans Pavilion is RPBW’s newest addition to Genoa Aquarium, and is dedicated to the study and display of whales, dolphins and porpoises. Adjacent to Genoa’s existing boat-like aquarium, this new rectangular, reinforced concrete building, 94m long and 28m wide, sits in the city’s Porto Antico. Seen from across the harbour, the pavilion’s central section appears to consist of little more than a long, low window, only a few metres above the water. This low glazed section of the building is a walkway for visitors from which the cetacean pavilion’s open-air pools can be viewed. The walkway is framed at each end by a low tower (10m and 13m respectively). The idea is to keep the building visually light that it may fit it into the port area without encumbering the skyline.

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  • Genoa Subway Stations Genoa, Italy 1983/2003 Completed
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    1983/2003

    Genoa Subway Stations

    Genoa, Italy

    The Genoa subway network has eight stations, five of which were designed by RPBW (Brin, Di Negro, Principe, Darsena, and San Giorgio).

    Although each station was designed according to its unique topographic context, the platforms, points of access, component parts, and sign systems were kept consistent in order to establish a recognizable architectural identity.

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  • Harvard Art Museums renovation and expansion Cambridge, MA, U.S.A 2006/2014 Ongoing
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    2006/2014

    Harvard Art Museums renovation and expansion

    Cambridge, MA, U.S.A

    Harvard University’s three art museums – the Fogg, the Busch-Reisinger and the Arthur M. Sackler – are being consolidated into one reorganized and upgraded facility, Harvard Art Museums, on the current site of the Fogg Museum on Quincy Street. The restored historic courtyard of the Fogg Museum will be at the heart of 200,00 sq. ft (18,500 sq.m) of new museum space.

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  • High Museum Expansion Atlanta, U.S.A 1999/2005 Completed
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    1999/2005

    High Museum Expansion

    Atlanta, U.S.A

    The High Museum was founded in 1905 and was then expanded by Richard Meier in 1983. To respond to the fast growth of its art collections and the increasing number of visitors, the museum decided on a new expansion programme, which would almost double the museum’s surface area, up to 312,000 sq ft.

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  • IBM Travelling Pavillion Paris, France 1983/1986 Completed
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    1983/1986

    IBM Travelling Pavillion

    Paris, France

    In 1983, IBM devised a travelling exhibition to promote advances in computer technology for telecommunications. Reinforcing their message that workstations could be virtually located anywhere, this temporary structure was designed to be assembled, exhibit for a month, and then dismantled at each of its 20 European destinations including Lyon, London, Rome, Milan…

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  • Il Rigo Quarter Perugia, Italy 1978/1982 Completed
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    1978/1982

    Il Rigo Quarter

    Perugia, Italy

    This project developed the idea of ‘flexible’ architecture by creating houses that could be reshaped and adapted according to their inhabitants’ needs.

    Each house was six metres high and six metres wide, with floor space ranging from 50 to 120 sq m.

    The internal volume of each house could be increased by moving the glazed front wall outwards, and at first floor level by inserting a new floor into the double-height living space, supported on lightweight metal trusses.

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  • Il Sole 24 Ore Headquarters Milan, Italy 1998/2004 Completed
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    1998/2004

    Il Sole 24 Ore Headquarters

    Milan, Italy

    A pre-existing industrial building was restored and converted to be the new headquarters of the Italian financial daily newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore.

    By demolishing the street facade of the original square building, a south-facing opening was created. The new building is U-shaped, with a vast central garden, a green hill hiding subterranean parking underneath.

    Bright-green sun-shading blinds on the outside of the glass facade animate the exterior.

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  • Intesa Sanpaolo Office Building Torino, Italy 2006/2015 Completed
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    2006/2015

    Intesa Sanpaolo Office Building

    Torino, Italy

    The project for the new Intesa Sanpaolo head office is both an environmental and social laboratory and an urban project, with a discreet urbanity that unites it with the city’s inhabitants.

    The building is located on the edge of the historic town center, near Porta Susa Station, at the N/E intersection of Corso Inghilterra with Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, and is set at the center of an exceptional concentration of public services and facilities on the metropolitan scale in a zone of strategic importance for the city.

    The adjoining garden, Giardino Nicola Grosa, has been upgraded and transformed into a playful space, with trees of different heights, lawns and neighborhood functions. Access to the garden from Corso Inghilterra is provided by a public gallery that traverses the entrance hall on the ground floor.

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  • Ircam Paris, France 1973/1990 Completed
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    1973/1990

    Ircam

    Paris, France

    The Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), institute for musical research, a collaboration between scientists and musicians, is a ‘musical instrument on an urban scale’.

    Inaugurated in 1978 as part of the Centre Pompidou development, the Ircam was entirely underground, three levels of highly flexible spaces to facilitate research and experimentation.

    The ceilings, floors and walls are all mobile so that volume and acoustics for musical performances can be modified.

    In 1990, RPBW added a six-storey tower for the institute’s offices, giving the hidden building a visual presence and relationship to the Pompidou Centre opposite.

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  • JNBY Headquarters project Hangzhou, China 2013/In progress Ongoing
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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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  • Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center Noumea, New Caledonia 1991/1998 Completed
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    1991/1998

    Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center

    Noumea, New Caledonia

    Erected in honour of the New Caledonian political leader assassinated in 1989, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre pays homage to Kanak culture and draws on local building traditions and expertise by intertwining the ancient and the modern.

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  • Jerome L. Greene Science Center for Mind Brain Behavior New York, U.S.A 2007/in progress Ongoing
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    2007/in progress

    Jerome L. Greene Science Center for Mind Brain Behavior

    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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  • KPN Telecom Office Tower Rotterdam, Netherlands 1997/2000 Completed
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    1997/2000

    KPN Telecom Office Tower

    Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Located in the docks area of Rotterdam, KPN Telecom’s building is visually striking for two main reasons: it is inclined, and its facade can be used as an electronic billboard for graphic projections.

    The tower is composed of a central vertical core and two adjacent parts. The first one, 16 floors high, is oriented south.

    The second, taller part, has a 5.9-degree inclination, which corresponds to the angle of the suspension cables of the nearby Erasmus bridge.

    The facade of the inclined side of the tower, a curtain-wall of 3,600 sq m, functions as a monochromatic ‘electronic canvas’, projecting animations which can be seen as far as 2km away, thanks to its grid of 896 specially manufactured, 24-volt lights.

    The lateral stability of the tower is ensured by a 45m-high, cigar-shaped steel prop that supports the building at the centre point of the screen facade.

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  • KT Headquarters Seoul, Korea 2010/in progress Ongoing
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    2010/in progress

    KT Headquarters

    Seoul, Korea

    Transparency is the predominant idea behind the KT Corporation’s future headquarters in downtown Seoul. South Korea’s largest telecommunications company is building a pair of almost fully glazed towers. The glass volumes are to float on slender pillars above lush ground-floor gardens, and will be capped with panoramic roof-top landscaping open to public access.

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  • Kansai International Airport Terminal Osaka, Japan 1988/1994 Completed
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    1988/1994

    Kansai International Airport Terminal

    Osaka, Japan

    Kansai airport is located on a specially built island in the Bay of Osaka. The terminal is 1.7km long, with 42 boarding gates, and can handle 100,000 passengers a day. Its long and light structure was designed to withstand the violent earthquakes that often affect this region of Japan.

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  • Kimbell Art Museum Expansion Fort Worth, U.S.A 2007/2013 Completed
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    2007/2013

    Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

    Fort Worth, U.S.A

    The Kimbell Art Museum’s original building was designed by Louis Kahn in 1972. The new building by Renzo Piano Building Workshop was recently inaugurated and establishes a close, respectful and frank dialogue with this powerful yet delicate older building. The new Renzo Piano Pavilion (named by the building’s owner) accommodates the museum’s growing exhibition and education programmes, allowing the original Kahn building to revert to the display of the museum’s permanent collection.

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  • Kirribilli MAS60 Sailing boat, Mediterranean Sea 1999/2001 Completed
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    1999/2001

    Kirribilli MAS60

    Sailing boat, Mediterranean Sea

    Kirribilli is a full composite mono hull, 18-metre (60 feet) overall length of fast cruising boat, whose minimalism and simplicity are a homage to J Class sailboats of the 1930s.

    The general design of the boat is sleek, both in the profile of the hull and in its detailing. The deck is completely flush, and the red and white interior space is so divided as to allow a general view of the structure from aft to fore. The bow is shaped to improve the dynamic length under sails, and to give the hull a perfect side view.

    The high aspect ratio and full roach sailplan increases the driving force by reducing the residuary resistance and the windage of the rigging. The boat is provided with a carbon rotating airfoil mast with furling and full battened main sail, stored in the boom.

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  • Krause Gateway Center Des Moines, U.S.A 2015/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • La Rocca Winery Gavorrano, Italy 2001/2007 Completed
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    2001/2007

    La Rocca Winery

    Gavorrano, Italy

    Situated on a hill in Tuscany surrounded by vineyards, the La Rocca winery revisits traditional forms of Tuscan architecture within a modern, industrial-inspired structure.

    The scheme is essentially composed of an open piazza, a glass pavilion and a cellar, which is the heart of the project. The cellar is a large underground hall, arranged like an amphitheatre, with a capacity of 2,500 oak barrels.

    The scarlet tower that tops the building and that can be seen from miles around supports three circular mirrors that direct light down into the cellar.

    The glass pavilion houses administrative and commercial spaces and is open to visitors.

    In its choice of materials, principally glass and terracotta, the building itself represents the mix of industrial and traditional processes in winemaking today.

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  • La Valletta City Gate La Valletta, Malta 2009/2015
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    2009/2015

    La Valletta City Gate

    La Valletta, Malta

    The ‘City Gate’ project takes in the complete reorganisation of the principal entrance to the Maltese capital of Valletta. The project comprises four parts: the Valletta City Gate and its site immediately outside the city walls, the design for an open-air theatre ‘machine’ within the ruins of the former Royal opera house, the construction of a new Parliament building and the landscaping of the ditch.

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  • Lenfest Center for the Arts New York, U.S.A 2010/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Lingotto Factory Conversion Torino, Italy 1983/2003 Completed
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    1983/2003

    Lingotto Factory Conversion

    Torino, Italy

    Built in the 1920s for Fiat, Lingotto was the largest and most modern car manufacturing plant in Europe, both architecturally and in terms of car production.

    The 500m-long, five-storey building, had a volume of one million cubic metres, and was equipped with a rooftop test track. Lingotto was the first example of modular construction in reinforced concrete, based on the repetition of three elements: pillars, beams and floors.

    The factory was closed in 1982. In 1984, Fiat S.p.A. announced a competition and, in 1985, commissioned the Renzo Piano Building Workshop to convert the building. The project aimed to revive the building by transforming it into a multipurpose centre while maintaining its architectural identity.

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  • London Bridge Place London, United Kingdom 2004/2013 Completed
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    2004/2013

    London Bridge Place

    London, United Kingdom

    Located beside London Bridge station, on the south bank of the river Thames in London, London Bridge Place is adjacent to the London Bridge Tower (the ‘Shard’).

    Despite the proximity of the two buildings, and some common architectural features, London Bridge Place has its own character and identity.

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  • London Bridge Tower London, United Kingdom 2000/2012 Completed
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    2000/2012

    London Bridge Tower

    London, United Kingdom

    The London Bridge Tower, also known as the Shard, is a 72-storey, mixed-use tower located beside London Bridge Station on the south bank of the river Thames. This project was a response to the urban vision of London Mayor Ken Livingstone and to his policy of encouraging high-density development at key transport nodes in London. This sort of sustainable urban extension relies on the proximity of public transportation, discourages car use and helps to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

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  • Lowara Offices Montecchio, Italy 1984/1985 Completed
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    1984/1985

    Lowara Offices

    Montecchio, Italy

    The Lowara building, sited next to the company’s pre-existing factory, was conceived as a single space, 150m long and 15m wide.

    The building is characterized by its large and light, curving roof that on its low side frames views across surrounding fields, and on its high side screens the wall of the adjacent factory.

    A naturally lit corridor between the new offices and the factory brings light into the building and acts as acoustic isolation from the factory.

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  • MUSE Museo delle Scienze Trento, Italy 2002/2013 Completed
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    2002/2013

    MUSE Museo delle Scienze

    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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  • Maison Hermès Tokyo, Japan 1998/2006 Completed
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    1998/2006

    Maison Hermès

    Tokyo, Japan

    Celebrated French fashion house Hermès commissioned Renzo Piano to design a building for their Japanese headquarters in 1998. Its location at the heart of Tokyo’s densely built, neon-lit Ginza shopping district, and the stringent building regulations regarding earthquakes and fire, have influenced a compact and unique building with a distinctive glass facade. The building contains a shop, offices, an exhibition space and access to the underground station below Harumi Avenue.

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  • Maison des Avocats Paris, France 2013/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Manhattanville Academic Conference Center New York, U.S.A 2011/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Masterplan for the ex-Falck area Milan, Italy 2005/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Mercedes Benz Design Center Sindelfingen, Germany 1993/1998 Completed
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    1993/1998

    Mercedes Benz Design Center

    Sindelfingen, Germany

    The form of the 30,000 sq m Mercedes Design Centre is a direct result of the building's function.

    The building’s shape resembles an open fan in which each of the seven leaves houses a different function.

    The roof of the building is composed of aluminium panels arranged in a toroidal geometry.

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  • NEMO (National Center for Science and Technology) Amsterdam, Netherlands 1992/1997 Completed
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    1992/1997

    NEMO (National Center for Science and Technology)

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    A science and technology museum, NEMO is located on a small stretch of land in the port of Amsterdam, straddling the entrance to a road tunnel. Surrounded by water, the building has a ship-like form and pre-oxidized copper-clad facades, referencing the surrounding port.

    A pedestrian ramp leads up onto the building’s sloping roof that serves as a public piazza for visitors and as a social focus for the neighbourhood.

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  • Nasher Sculpture Center Dallas, U.S.A 1999/2003 Completed
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    1999/2003

    Nasher Sculpture Center

    Dallas, U.S.A

    The Nasher Sculpture Garden and Art Museum is located in the heart of downtown Dallas.

    Travertine, load-bearing walls divide the museum building’s interior space into five identical rectangular pavilions.

    A system of very refined aluminium castings is anchored between the upper parts of these massive walls to screen the glass roof below allowing only direct light from the north to filter through.

    With its classically simple plan, the texture and look of the travertine, and the enclosed sunken sculpture garden, the Nasher seems like an archaeological find amongst the skyscrapers.

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  • Niccolò Paganini Auditorium Parma, Italy 1996/2001 Completed
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    1996/2001

    Niccolò Paganini Auditorium

    Parma, Italy

    When building onto an existing structure in an urban context, one has to have a good grasp of the city’s distinct fabric - potential connections between the existing building and the new vision for it need to be thoroughly understood. The old Eridiana sugar factory was an empty brick structure of just the right size and volume to be turned into a harmonious «music box». The building’s walls could be retained and a process of dematerialization would seek the perfect balance between transparency and acoustics, Through this process, the decommissioned factory was turned into a new concert hall not far from Parma’s city centre.

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  • Otranto Urban Regeneration Workshop Otranto, Italy 1979 Completed
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    1979

    Otranto Urban Regeneration Workshop

    Otranto, Italy

    The Laboratorio di Quartiere, or District Workshop, was a UNESCO-supported project aimed at the renovation of historic town centres through a mechanism to safeguard their physical aspect: a permanent worksite. The project in Otranto was used to test the feasibility of using local artisans to restore an ancient town centre. The plan allowed residents to remain in their homes and actively participate in the restoration work, thanks to the use of compact, non-invasive and innovative technology. Although the workshop left the town once its mission had been completed, as an independent studio, its work could continue as a travelling model to be adapted based on its sensitivity to the context in which it was activated. The concept of building on what is already there, of being willing to listen, and patiently renovating and repairing the fabric of a town is an idea which is just as valid today for the outskirts of a town as its centre.

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  • P & C Department Store Cologne, Germany 1999/2005 Completed
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    1999/2005

    P & C Department Store

    Cologne, Germany

    Set on central Cologne’s Schildergasse, the city’s shopping area, this new Peek & Cloppenburg flagship store is a mix of glass, steel, stone and wood: classic materials to dress a modern building, entirely dedicated to fashion. Massive, but sculpted to be curvacious, this five-storey building covers an area of 23,000 sq m, of which 15,000 sq m are open to public.

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  • PROMETEO Musical Space Venice, Italy 1983/1984 Completed
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    1983/1984

    PROMETEO Musical Space

    Venice, Italy

    Designed exclusively for Luigi Nono’s opera Prometeo, this large acoustic space that can be fully dismantled, offered a chance to experiment with the profoundly intimate, even fruitful relationship that can exist between music and architecture. The traditional concept of the concert hall was revolutionised for the event, turning the space into a huge musical instrument, a resonant box housing the stage, the audience and the orchestra. The structure had to be erected first in the church of San Lorenzo, in Venice, as well as in the disused Ansaldo factory in Milan.

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  • Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy 1991/2004 Completed
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    1991/2004

    Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church

    San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

    The church dedicated to Padre Pio is a sacred building with ample open space for the public, yet its design is deliberately non-monumental and welcoming. The project was based on two fundamental principles: the use of a single type of stone that would be in harmony with its surroundings, and the idea of a church that was open to all. A piazza leads naturally into the main body of the church, the forward-sweeping wing-shaped roof and the ample glass frontal panes – with the story of Revelations on great coloured tapestries – are clear messages of inclusion.

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  • Paris Courthouse Paris, France 2010/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • Pathé Foundation Paris, France 2006/2014 Completed
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    2006/2014

    Pathé Foundation

    Paris, France

    The art of inserting a new building into an historic city block means engaging in an open, physical dialogue with the existing city buildings. Building onto a structure also presents an opportunity for a wideranging renovation project, a reclaiming of space. The new headquarters of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé is an unexpected presence, a curved volume glimpsed floating in the middle of a courtyard, anchored on just a few supports. It is complimented by a group of birch trees, a floral island set in the dense mineral context of the city.

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  • Piece by Piece Padova, Italy 2014 Completed
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    2014

    Piece by Piece

    Padova, Italy

    It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. The exhibition is therefore a partial vision, consisting of the designs, materials and tools that made up this painstaking process, those that you would find on an architect’s workbench. An exhibition can also talk about the range of elements that make up our trade as architects: the tests conducted and progress made, but also our changes of direction and disappointments. The way in which an exhibition is presented can, by implication, also communicate a style, or language, an expressive intent. For us this expression is something we call ‘the poetry of lightness’, of lighting and of movement. We have put together this exhibition at the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua to enable the visitor to explore various different worlds: the social aspect of the ever-changing polis; the poetic idea of an absence of gravity; the construction itself; and the ideal, the concept of art as a powerful tool of collective consciousness. These worlds constantly run into one another and overlap, their boundaries blur. The large monographic tables in the exhibition are conceived as islands in an archipelago. Above them, higher up, everything soars, hangs suspended in the air. The idea of an absence of gravity – that which characterises our work, the motif of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop – is expressed semantically through ‘floating’ models and the pictures on the enormous vaulted ceiling of the Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione. I like to think of this exhibition like a journey through space. Renzo Piano

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  • Piece by Piece Shanghai, China 2015 Completed
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    2015

    Piece by Piece

    Shanghai, China

    It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. The exhibition is therefore a partial vision, consisting of the designs, materials and tools that made up this painstaking process, those that you would find on an architect’s workbench. An exhibition can also talk about the range of elements that make up our trade as architects: the tests conducted and progress made, but also our changes of direction and disappointments. The way in which an exhibition is presented can, by implication, also communicate a style, or language, an expressive intent. For us this expression is something we call ‘the poetry of lightness’, of lighting and of movement.

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  • Pinwheel Beirut, Lebanon 2009/in progress Ongoing
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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.

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  • Porto Antico Genoa, Italy 1985/1992 Completed
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    1985/1992

    Porto Antico

    Genoa, Italy

    A vast exhibition project that became an urban renewal plan. The 1992 Columbus Celebrations presented itself as a great opportunity to reconnect the long broken ties between the historical centre of Genoa and its old harbour, the Porto Antico. The regeneration project for Piazza Caricamento and the docks comprised a series of plans to renovate several historic port buildings and to build new structures too. These included the Bigo and the Aquarium, which soon become popular landmark destinations bringing visitors to this part of the city.

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  • Potsdamer Platz Berlin, Germany 1992/2000 Completed
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    1992/2000

    Potsdamer Platz

    Berlin, Germany

    Following a competition won in 1992, the dormant wasteland of Potsdamer Platz in the newly reunified capital of Germany, Berlin, was entirely renovated based on an Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed masterplan. It wasn’t long before the new architecture and fresh vitality triggered by this mixed-use development gave the entire area a new inner energy, reconnecting areas of the city long separated by the Berlin wall. This new centre is defined by two environmental features typical of the Berlin urban scene: green space and water.

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  • Private House in Colorado Colorado, U.S.A 2006/2010 Completed
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    2006/2010

    Private House in Colorado

    Colorado, U.S.A

    Located in stunning farmland in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this private residence, made of wood, steel and glass, is laid out mainly on one level, and comprises a collection of different volumes organised along a central axis.

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  • Reconstruction of the Atelier Brancusi Paris, France 1992/1996 Completed
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    1992/1996

    Reconstruction of the Atelier Brancusi

    Paris, France

    Recessed in the Place Beaubourg, just in front of the Centre Pompidou, this small building hosts a permanent exhibition of the works of sculptor Constantin Brancusi.

    The major challenge of this project was to reproduce the exact layout of the artist’s works as they had been displayed in his original studio before he left them to the French government.

    The atelier replicates the layout, the volume and the light of the original studio, but is housed in a larger, square, flat-roofed pavilion. Glass replaces solid walls to enable visitors to walk around the outside of the studio within an enclosed circulation space.

    The whole building is further protected from the busy piazza immediately outside by a walled planted courtyard.

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  • Renovation and Expansion of the Morgan Library New York, U.S.A 2000/2006 Completed
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    2000/2006

    Renovation and Expansion of the Morgan Library

    New York, U.S.A

    Creating additional space for the Morgan Library in the heart of Manhattan was a particular challenge. This elegant group of buildings, a ‘village of memory’ is surrounded by the dense urban fabric of New York City, a seemingly solid physical barrier around the site. Rather than building upwards, Renzo Piano Building Workshop decided to dig downwards into the hard rock to build a sort of underground vault in which to house the library’s rare book collection. With surgical precision, new steel and glass units were inserted in and amongst the existing buildings.

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  • Renovation and expansion of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, U.S.A 2005/2012 Completed
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    2005/2012

    Renovation and expansion of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    Boston, U.S.A

    Boston’s original Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened in 1903 at Fenway Court, a Venetian-style palazzo built by the patroness to showcasehouse her substantial collection of over 2,500 works of fine and decorative art, including tapestries, furniture, manuscripts and textiles, from Europe, Asia, the Islamic world and America.

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  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop Genoa, Italy 1989/1991 Completed
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    1989/1991

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop

    Genoa, Italy

    Perched on the slopes of a hill above the sea, Punta Nave houses the Genoa headquarters of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

    The building recalls the shapes of the greenhouses typical along the terraced Ligurian coastline.

    Composed for the most part of a single volume, the internal space steps down the hillside in a series of terraces, under a sloping glass roof.

    Zenithal light plays a major role: levels of natural light inside the building are regulated by a light-responsive system of exterior louvers.

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  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop, La méthode Piano Paris, France 2015 Completed
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    2015

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop, La méthode Piano

    Paris, France

    It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. The exhibition is therefore a partial vision, consisting of the designs, materials and tools that made up this painstaking process, those that you would find on an architect’s workbench. An exhibition can also talk about the range of elements that make up our trade as architects: the tests conducted and progress made, but also our changes of direction and disappointments. The way in which an exhibition is presented can, by implication, also communicate a style, or language, an expressive intent. For us this expression is something we call ‘the poetry of lightness’, of lighting and of movement. More information here: http://bit.ly/1MpSK6n

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  • Ronchamp Gatehouse and Monastery Ronchamp, France 2006/2011 Completed
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    2006/2011

    Ronchamp Gatehouse and Monastery

    Ronchamp, France

    The Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp was designed by Le Corbusier and is one the 20th-century’s most important works of architecture. For years now it has been a heavily frequented site of international cultural tourism, so much so that the site needed urgent attention in order to restore the spirtual and religious dimension originally intended for Ronchamp by its architect. In a wider effort to improve the area, the Œuvre Notre Dame du Haut commissioned Renzo Piano Building Workshop to design a convent for the Poor Clare sisters, as well as a small new building to welcome visitors, the Porterie. Hugging the hill’s slope, the new buildings are protected architecture with a resolved interior featuring large picture windows that frame the woods and its light.

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  • Rue de Meaux Housing Paris, France 1987/1991 Completed
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    1987/1991

    Rue de Meaux Housing

    Paris, France

    This residential complex in the 19th district of Paris is composed of 220 low-cost apartments.

    The homes face into a courtyard garden planted with birch trees.

    Research into the grain and colour of materials led to the creation of a facade system that combines glass-fibre reinforced concrete with terracotta cladding.

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  • Saifi mixed-use development Beirut, Lebanon 2014/in progress Completed
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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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  • San Nicola Football Stadium Bari, Italy 1987/1990 Completed
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    1987/1990

    San Nicola Football Stadium

    Bari, Italy

    Built for the 1990 World Cup, the concrete form of the stadium, with a capacity of 60,000 spectators, resembles a large flower. The stadium has two tiers, the upper section divided into 26 ‘petals’.

    The ‘petals’ determine circulation throughout the stadium, each accessed separately via independent staircases. The vertical and horizontal separation was driven by concern for crowd safety, allowing swift evacuation in case of emergency and keeping fans separated to help combat hooliganism.

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  • Schlumberger Renovation Paris, France 1981/1984 Completed
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    1981/1984

    Schlumberger Renovation

    Paris, France

    Schlumberger was the first of a series of projects focused on reclaiming industrial sites.

    While there were extensive changes made inside the precinct of the site, the original exteriors were preserved to keep the historical identity of this area in the outskirts of Paris.

    Old factories were demolished to make area for a garden, under which the new communal facilities were placed.

    Natural vegetation permeates the project to blur the boundary between landscape and architecture.

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  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Athens, Greece 2008/in progress Ongoing
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    2008/in progress

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

    Athens, Greece

    The Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre will be constructed in Kallithea, 4 km south of central Athens. An important cultural and educational project, the site will comprise the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera in a 170,000 sq m landscaped park. Currently a parking lot left over from the 2004 Olympic Games, once the site of a racetrack, when complete, the project will restore the site’s lost connections with the city and the sea.

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  • Südbahnhof mixed-use development Wien, Austria 2008/in progress Ongoing
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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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  • The Float building Düsseldorf, Germany 2008/in progress Ongoing
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    2008/in progress

    The Float building

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  • The Menil Collection Houston, U.S.A 1982/1986 Completed
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    1982/1986

    The Menil Collection

    Houston, U.S.A

    The museum houses the art collection of Dominique and John de Menil – more than 10,000 works of ancient, African and surrealist modern art. Apart from the spaces dedicated to these works, the building also houses a picture frame workshop and a studio for art restoration and study. The pavilion has more than 2,800 sq m of galleries and public space. Located in the park of a 1920’s residential neighbourhood, the museum building has the same proportions and uses the same building materials as the surrounding houses.

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  • The New York Times Building New York, U.S.A 2000/2007 Completed
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    2000/2007

    The New York Times Building

    New York, U.S.A

    A new headquarters for the “New York Times” newspaper was commissioned via invited competition in 2000. Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s winning design opens up a neglected corner of Manhattan opposite the Port Authority, with a 52-storey building whose themes of permeability and transparency express the intrinsic link between the newspaper and the city.

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  • The Resnick Pavilion (LACMA Expansion - Phase II) Los Angeles, U.S.A 2006/2010 Completed
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    2006/2010

    The Resnick Pavilion (LACMA Expansion - Phase II)

    Los Angeles, U.S.A

    The second phase of the ongoing project for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) was the construction of the Resnick Pavilion. Dedicated to temporary art exhibitions, the 45,000 sq ft (4,180 sq m) Resnick Pavilion was built above the museum’s underground parking, north of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM). A single-storey structure with a simple square plan, it features the same architectural characteristics as BCAM – a glazed saw-tooth roof and travertine stone cladding. Glazed facades open onto the park to the north, and towards BCAM to the south. To optimize interior space, the services are on the outside of the building, creating what LACMA bills as ‘the largest purpose-built, naturally lit, open-plan museum space in the world’. A system of moveable partitions affords extreme flexibility and versatility in the use of space. A recurring motif around the museum campus is the use of the colour red, punctuating the otherwise restrained travertine facades. At the Resnick, air-handling units and technical rooms are coloured red and are plugged onto the building’s external facades, part of the industrial language of the building.

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  • The Whitney Museum at Gansevoort New York, U.S.A 2007/2015
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    2007/2015

    The Whitney Museum at Gansevoort

    New York, U.S.A

    The Whitney Museum is building itself a new home in downtown Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Opened on May 1st, 2015, the project substantially enlarges the Whitney’s exhibition and programming space, enabling the first comprehensive view of the Museum’s growing collection, which today comprises more than 19,000 works of modern and contemporary American art.

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  • Thomson Optronics Factory Paris, France 1988/1990 Completed
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    1988/1990

    Thomson Optronics Factory

    Paris, France

    This factory for electronics company Thomson Optronics, employs a modular system of arch-shaped base elements.

    The design allows for a flexible building plan that can be redefined as the factory’s requirements change.

    The building and its surrounding landscaping are laid out along the same orthogonal grid.

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  • Ushibuka Bridge Amakusa, Japan 1989/1996 Completed
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    1989/1996

    Ushibuka Bridge

    Amakusa, Japan

    The 900m-long bridge positioned 19m above the sea, links three islands in the Amakusa Archipelago.

    The design was determined both by a desire to minimise visual impact on the bay and by local wind conditions.

    The bridge is a single clean arc, supported by rectangular piers, each set approximately 150m apart.

    Its curved underside and the baffles set on the sides to protect cyclists from strong winds create an optical illusion: the bridge appears to float above the piers.

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  • Zentrum Paul Klee Bern, Switzerland 1999/2005 Completed
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    1999/2005

    Zentrum Paul Klee

    Bern, Switzerland

    The complex nature of the shapes and articulations of the body of work of German-Swiss artist Paul Klee is reflected in the architecture of the Zentrum. The museum is part and parcel of the rolling hills and blends in with the natural landscape of the countryside outside of Bern. Its curved roof made of long steel beams welded together one by one, houses one of the most extensive monographic collections in the world.

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