Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects, The Art Institute of Chicago: The Modern Wing, 1999-2009, Chicago, Illinois, USA. © Rpbw, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Artstor and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop are sharing more than 420 images of works of architecture designed by Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Workshop in the Digital Library. 

A renowned Pritzker prize-winning architect, Piano has executed projects around the world, including structures as diverse as museums, galleries, churches, airports, residences, apartments, theaters, concert halls, shopping centers, factories, office buildings, bridges, mixed use complexes, etc. Piano first achieved international fame when he and Richard Rogers won the competition to design the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1971-1977). Though recognizable for its provocative design, which exposed the building's functional structural elements, the Centre Pompidou also exhibited the focus on technology and mastery of materials that would remain hallmarks of Piano's subsequent work.

The collection in the Artstor Digital Library will consist of documentation of Piano's early works (1965-1969) and his major projects to date, as well as related plans and preparatory drawings. Notable projects include: The Menil Collection in Houston, TX (1982-1987); the conversion of the Lingotto Factory in Turin, Italy (1983-2003); the San Nicola Football Stadium in Bari, Italy (1987-1990); the Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building in Osaka, Japan (1988-1994), the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, Switzerland (1991-2000); the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church (S. Giovanni Rotondo) in Foggia, Italy (1991-2004); the master plan for the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany (1992-2000); the refurbishment of the Centre Georges Pompidou (1996-2000); the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (1999-2005); the High Museum of Art expansion in Atlanta, GA (1999-2005); the renovation and expansion of The Morgan Library & Museum in New York, NY (2000-2006); the New York Times headquarters building in New York, NY (2000-2007); and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL (2000-2009);  two LACMA expansions: the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and The Resnick Pavilion in Los Angeles (2003-2008); the Central Saint Giles Court mixed-use development in London (2002-2010); the Gatehouse and Monastery in Ronchamp, France (2006-2011); the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum renovation and expansion in Boston (2005-2011); The Shard (London Bridge Tower) in London (2000–2012); the Auditorium del Parco in L' Aquila, Italy (2010-2012); MUSE - Museo delle Scienze and the Quartiere delle Albere district in Trento, Italy (2002-in progress); the Kimbell Art Museum expansion in Fort Worth, Texas (2007-2013); the Pathé Foundation in Paris (2006-2014); and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (2006-2012).

Renzo Piano (b.1937) was born into a family of builders and contractors in Genoa, Italy. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1964. From 1965 to 1970, Piano worked in the architecture offices of Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, PA and Z.S. Makowski in London. Together with the British architect Richard Rogers, his partner in the Centre Pompidou project, he founded the Piano and Rogers agency in 1971. Later, in 1977, Piano established l'Atelier Piano and Rice in 1977 with engineer Peter Rice, with whom he collaborated until Rice's death in 1993. In 1981, he founded the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which employs about 150 architects, engineers, and specialists and maintains offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. He also created the Fondazione Renzo Piano in 2004, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the profession of architecture through educational programs and teaching activities. Over the course of his distinguished career, Piano has been the recipient of numerous prizes, such as the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects (1989), The Pritzker Architecture Prize (1998), the Wexner Prize (2001), the Médaille d'Or from the Union Internationale des Architectes (2002), and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects (2008), among others.