Renzo Piano

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Renzo Piano was born in 1937 in Genoa, a maritime city in northern Italy.

“I was born and brought up in Genoa, a Mediterranean city, and this has influenced my life. Half of my city is water. It’s a large port and everything moves: ships and cranes float, and you have the ceaseless feeling that all things are in perpetual motion” (Renzo Piano on La Stampa, March 13, 2015)

If we have to find a term to define him, we would choose “humanist”, since he is one of the few architects in the world capable to combine – like Renaissance’s architects – outstanding technical skills, artistic sensibility, and a strong belief in the ethos of architecture and in the possibility for designers to positively influence people’s life.

Since, in 1971, he entered the big design scene with a bang, winning the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in team with Richard Rogers, Piano has always pursued a crystal clear idea of architecture as a means to convey a positive approach to society.

Although Piano has conceived almost every possible type of buildings, including urban icons such as The Shard in London or the New York Times headquarters, museums have always been his centerpiece with at least a dozen of masterpieces built in Europe, Oceania, and the United States.

Since 1981, Piano operates through the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with offices in Genoa, Paris, and New York.
He is recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture, the Praemium Imperiale, the Pritzker Architecture Prize, and the AIA Gold Medal.


our articles about Renzo Piano

Aquarium of Genoa

Aquarium of Genoa

The Aquarium of Genoa is one of the largest structures of its type in Europe with 70 tanks housing over 15,000 animals: fish, amphibians and marine mammals
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Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo

Astrup Fearnley Museet – Oslo

Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private museum of contemporary art in Oslo, housed in an iconic building designed by acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano
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Bern |The Zentrum Paul Klee by Renzo Piano

Bern |The Zentrum Paul Klee by Renzo Piano

The Zentrum Paul Klee art centre in Bern, designed by Renzo Piano, is both a great museum and a monument in the landscape that definitely is worth its fame
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Botín Center – Santander

Botín Center – Santander

Centro Botín is a cultural center in Santander, the capital of Cantabria, north-western Spain, designed by Renzo Piano and primarily focused on visual arts
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California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned science center in San Francisco which includes an aquarium, a natural history museum, and a planetarium
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Centre Pompidou Paris

Centre Pompidou Paris

Along with being a museum of modern and contemporary art in Paris' Marais district, the Centre Pompidou by Piano & Rogers was the first modern cultural hub, as we call it today
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Fondation Beyeler

Fondation Beyeler

The Beyeler Foundation near Basel is one of the most renowned modern art museums in Switzerland, with a collection ranging from Degas to Bacon and beyond
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Harvard Art Museums expansion by Renzo Piano

Harvard Art Museums expansion by Renzo Piano

The renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums designed by Renzo Piano merges three major art museums, as well as old and new architecture, under one roof
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Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum is a museum in Fort Worth, Texas, renowned for both its collection and its iconic architecture designed by Louis Kahn and Renzo Piano
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LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA – Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States. Its campus in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile includes architectures by Renzo Piano and Bruce Goff
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Morgan Library and Museum

Morgan Library and Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum in New York is a cultural complex located in Midtown Manhattan, renowned for its artworks, books and manuscripts collections
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Nemo Science Center – Amsterdam

Nemo Science Center – Amsterdam

Nemo is a museum, a science center and a popular cultural attraction housed in an iconic building designed by architect Renzo Piano in Amsterdam's docklands
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New York | the new home of the Whitney

New York | the new home of the Whitney

The new home of the Whitney Museum of American Art, by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, opens in New York on Spring 2015 with a great inaugural exhibition
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Notre Dame du Haut Chapel by Le Corbusier – Ronchamp

Notre Dame du Haut Chapel by Le Corbusier – Ronchamp

Notre Dame du Haut is an UNESCO-listed sacred site in Ronchamp, France, renowned for its chapel by Le Corbusier; it also includes a convent designed by Renzo Piano
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Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli – Turin

Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli – Turin

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli is a private art museum in Turin, designed by Renzo Piano on top of the Lingotto former car manufacturing plant
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Renzo Piano’s exhibition pavilion at Château La Coste, southern France

Renzo Piano’s exhibition pavilion at Château La Coste, southern France

The tensile fabric roofed exhibition pavilion designed by Renzo Piano for the Château La Coste wine resort and factory near Aix-en-Provence, southern France
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The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is an art museum, the second largest in the U.S., which conserves and displays an encyclopaedic collection spanning 5,000 years
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The Menil Collection – Houston, TX

The Menil Collection – Houston, TX

The Menil Collection is a museum in Houston, Texas, with a collection of ancient, African, modern and contemporary art; it includes the famous Rothko Chapel
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Trento | The MUSE Museum by Renzo Piano

Trento | The MUSE Museum by Renzo Piano

The mission of the MUSE, the new Science Museum of Trent designed by Renzo Piano, is to explain Nature with the eyes and the instruments of natural science
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