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 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 he entered the big design scene with a bang, winning the competition for the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1971 together 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 building, including urban icons such as The Shard in London and the New York Times headquarters, museum design has always been a centerpiece of his work, with at least a dozen major galleries 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 a 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

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is a museum, designed by Renzo Piano, that celebrates the history of cinema and the art of filmmaking
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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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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, San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Designed by famed architect Renzo Piano, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco is one of the largest science museums in the U.S.
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Centre Pompidou Paris

Centre Pompidou Paris

The Centre Pompidou in Paris is a museum of modern and contemporary art housed in an iconic building sited in the heart of the Marais neighborhood
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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, Cambridge, MA

Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

The Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA are three museums under one roof housed since 2014 in an iconic building designed by Renzo Piano
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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 – Ronchamp Chapel, Le Corbusier

Notre Dame du Haut – Ronchamp Chapel, Le Corbusier

Notre Dame du Haut is a religious site in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France, including the famous Ronchamp Chapel by Le Corbusier and a convent 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

Renzo Piano designed a tensile-fabric covered art pavilion 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 encyclopedic collection spanning 5,000 years
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The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, New Caledonia

The Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, New Caledonia

Designed by Renzo Piano, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center is a center and museum dedicated to New Caledonia's Kanak culture near the city of Nouméa
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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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Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

The Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern is a museum and a famous building designed by Renzo Piano primarily focused on the Swiss artist from whom it takes its name
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