Piano in 2007
14 September 1937 |
|Alma mater||Politecnico di Milano|
|Awards||Pritzker Architecture Prize
AIA Gold Medal
Royal Gold Medal
|Practice||Renzo Piano Building Workshop|
|Buildings||Centre Georges Pompidou
Parco della Musica
Shard London Bridge
Renzo Piano, Ufficiale OMRI (Italian: [ˈrɛntso ˈpjano]; born 14 September 1937) is an Italian Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff said of Piano's works that the "...serenity of his best buildings can almost make you believe that we live in a civilized world."
In 2006, Piano was selected by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was selected as the 10th most influential person in the "Arts and Entertainment" category of the 2006 Time 100.
Piano was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1937, into a family of builders. He was educated and subsequently taught at the Politecnico di Milano. He graduated from the University in 1964 and began working with experimental lightweight structures and basic shelters. From 1965 to 1970 he worked with Louis Kahn and Z.S. Makowsky. He worked together with Richard Rogers from 1971 to 1977; their most famous joint project, together with the Italian architect Gianfranco Franchini (it) is the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1971). He also had a long collaboration with the engineer Peter Rice, with whom he shared a practice (L'Atelier Piano and Rice) between 1977 and 1981.
In 1994, Renzo Piano won the international competition for the new Auditorium in Rome. The Auditorium Parco della Musica, a large multi-functional public music complex situated in the north of city, was inaugurated in 2002.
In 1999, Piano designed a watch entitled "Jelly Piano (GZ159)" for the Swatch Summer Collection. The watch design is clear and the exposed inner workings were influenced by his Centre Georges Pompidou design.
Piano's recent expansion of the Art Institute of Chicago includes a 264,000-square-foot (24,500 m2) wing with 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) of gallery space called the Modern Wing, which opened on 16 May 2009. It includes a "flying carpet", a sunscreen that hovers above the roof and a 620-foot (190 m) steel bridge connecting Millennium Park to a sculpture terrace that leads into a restaurant on the wing’s third floor.
His current projects include the The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper which was opened on July 6, 2012, and the Centro de Arte Botín. The Botin Foundation, the largest private foundation in Spain, will invest over US $150 million for the construction and programming of a new Botín Center that will become an international reference in culture and education for the development of creativity through art.
Selected projects 
- IRCAM & the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (1971–77)
- IBM Travelling Pavilion, (1982–84)
- Banca CIS building, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy (1985)
- Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, United States (1982–87)
- Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy (1988–89)
- Porto Antico, Aquarium of Genoa, Genoa, Italy (1992)
- International Terminal, Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan (1991–94)
- Cy Twombly Gallery, Houston, Texas, United States (1995)
- NEMO science museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1997)
- Beyeler Foundation Museum, Basel, Switzerland (1991–97)
- Ushibuka Haiya Bridge, Amakusa, Japan (1991–97)
- Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, Nouméa, New Caledonia (1991–98)
- Ferrari wind tunnel, Maranello, Italy (1996–98)
- Potsdamer Platz master plan, Berlin, Germany (1992–2000)
- Aurora Place, Sydney, Australia (1996–2000)
- Auditorium Paganini, Parma, Italy (2001)
- Maison Hermès, Tokyo, Japan (2001)
- Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy (2002)
- Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas, United States (1999–2003)
- Il Sole 24 Ore headquarters, Milan, Italy (1998–2004)
- Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy (2004)
- Weltstadthaus, Cologne, Germany (2005)
- High Museum of Art Expansion, Atlanta, United States (2005)
- Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland (1999–2005)
- Cité Internationale, Lyon, France (1995–06)
- The Morgan Library & Museum expansion, New York City, United States (2003–06)
- Saba building, Mashhad, Iran (1978-2007)
- Rocca di Frassinello Winery, Gavorrano, Italy (2002–07) (artistic direction: Massimo Alvisi)
- The New York Times Building, New York City, United States (2003–07)
- Vulcano Buono, Nola, Italy (2007)
- California Academy of Sciences rebuilding, San Francisco, United States (2008)
- Nichols Bridgeway, Chicago, United States (2009)
- Modern Wing expansion of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States (2009)
- Central Saint Giles, London, United Kingdom (2010)
- The Shard, London, United Kingdom (2000–12)
- Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway (2002–12)
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum wing, Boston, United States(2005–12)
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, United States (2003–)
- Sesto San Giovanni masterplan, Milan, Italy (2004–)
- Columbia University Manhattanville Campus Master Plan and Jerome L. Greene Science Center, New York City, United States (2004–)
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, United States(2005–)
- Pathé Foundation headquarters, Paris, France (2006–)
- Renzo Piano Tower I & II, San Francisco, United States (2006–)
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece (2008–)
- Kimbell Art Museum expansion, Fort Worth, Texas, United States (2008–)
- Harvard Art Museums expansion and renovation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (2009–)
- City Gate, Royal Opera House, Parliament of Malta, and Freedom Square, Valletta, Malta (2009–)
- KT Corporation headquarters, Seoul, South Korea (2011–)
- Grattacielo Intesa SanPaolo (it), Turin, Italy (2011-)
- ARS AEVI Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1999–)
- Centro de Arte Botín, Santander, Spain (2011–)
- Cavaliere di Gran Croce Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, 24 March 1990
- Italian Order of Merit for Culture and Art, 28 March 1994
- In 1989, Piano was the recipient of the Royal Gold Medal.
- In 1990, Piano was the recipient of the Kyoto Prize.
- In 1995, Piano was the recipient of the Praemium Imperiale
- In 1998, Piano was the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
- In 2008, Piano was the recipient of the AIA Gold Medal.
- In 2008, Piano was the recipient of the Sonning Prize.
- In 2002, Piano was the recipient of the UIA Gold Medal.
- Ouroussof, Nicolai (May 13, 2009). "Renzo Piano Embraces Chicago". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- "The 2006 Time 100". Time. 8 May 2006.
- "Renzo Piano: Environmentally Progressive Concept Design for Athens' Modern Urban Icon, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)". 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
- "Renzo Piano Building Workshop website". Rpbw.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Official Swatch Website - Swatch International". Swatch.com. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Renzo Piano počasni građanin Sarajeva - Klix.ba". Sarajevo-x.com. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- Smith, Roberta (May 13, 2009). "A Grand and Intimate Modern Art Trove". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- Ouroussof, Nicolai (May 13, 2009). "Renzo Piano Embraces Chicago (slide show)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- Barliant, Claire (April 2009). "Museum Memory". Modern Painters. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Fundación Botín". Fundacionbotin.org. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
- "Botín Center / Renzo Piano". ArchDaily. 12 Jun 2012.
- Simon O'Hagan (April 28, 2012). "Renzo Piano: 'The Shard is my dream building'". London: The Independent.
- Arkiteknytt Article. ""Verdens vakreste museum"", Mars 2009
- "ARS AEVI Museum of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Ars Aevi Project - News from Cooperazione Italiana allo Sviluppo in Bosnia Erzegovina". Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Le onorificenze della Repubblica italiana". Quirinale.it. Retrieved 2012-10-17.
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