Renzo Piano Building WorkshopGenoa, 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.