a+u last published a special issue on Renzo Piano and his Building Workshop in 1989, covering their exciting early works. This new monograph continues from there, exploring the last 20 years of his enduring practice where technology, craft, art, and an inherent eco-consciousness are successfully synergized into a sensible yet intriguing architecture.

Here, Pianos built works are presented through five environmental-technological themes that recur in his architecture: Daylighting, Greenscapes, Climatic Responsiveness, Renovation and Tectonics. There is a particular focus on detailed drawings, paired with exquisite photographs, to help readers better understand and learn from Pianos thinking and design sensibilities. The 28 featured works span from 1989 till today, and also includes projects in progress such as the London Bridge Tower.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Interview with Renzo Piano:
Sense and Sustainability by Jonathan Glancey

Completed Works

Beyeler Foundation Museum
The Nasher Sculpture Center
High Museum of Art Expansion
LACMA Expansion, Phase I Broad Contemporary Art Museum
The Art Institute of Chicago The Modern Wing

Auditorium Parco della Musica
Zentrum Paul Klee
California Academy of Sciences

Climatic Responsiveness
Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building
Cultural Center Jean-Marie Tjibaou
Aurora Place
The New York Times Building

Rehabilitation of the Genoa Old Harbor and the Genoa Waterfront Project
Potsdamer Platz Reconstruction
Niccolò Paganini Auditorium
The Morgan Library Renovation and Expansion

Maison Herms
Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church

Prometheus Unbound: The Work of RPBW by Kenneth Frampton

Projects in Progress

Saint Giles Court Mixed-Use Development
London Bridge Tower
Development Plan for the Ex-Michelin Area
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Renovation and Expansion
Tjuvholmen Icon Complex
Poor Clare Monastery
Harvard Art Museum, Renovation and Expansion
Manhattanville Campus, Columbia University
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Pritzker Prize Acceptance Speech:
In Praise of Construction by Renzo Piano

Selection of Works 19672010

Credits and Data

Biography and Firm Profile