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

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has contributed more than 420 images of projects designed by the architect and the Workshop to the Artstor Digital Library.
 
The selection in Artstor provides documentation of Piano's early works (1965-1969) and many of his major projects, as well as related plans and preparatory drawings. Notable international projects include: The Menil Collection in Houston; the San Nicola Football Stadium in Bari; the Kansai International Airport Passenger Terminal Building in Osaka; the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel; the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in Foggia; the plan for the redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin; the refurbishment of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern; the New York Times building in New York City; the Broad Contemporary Art Museum; the Gatehouse and Monastery in Ronchamp; The Shard (London Bridge Tower) in London; the Auditorium del Parco in L' Aquila, Italy; and the Pathé Foundation in Paris, among many others.
 
Renzo Piano (b.1937) was born into a family of builders in Genoa. He graduated from the School of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in 1964. Piano worked in the offices of Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, and with engineer Z.S. Makowski in London. Piano first achieved international fame when he and Richard Rogers won the competition to design the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The project showed an innovative emphasis on technology and mastery of materials that remain hallmarks of Piano's work. In 1977, Piano established l'Atelier Piano and Rice with engineer Peter Rice, with whom he collaborated until Rice's death in 1993. In 1981, Piano founded the Renzo Piano Building Workshop which maintains offices in Paris, Genoa and New York City. He also created the Fondazione Renzo Piano in 2004, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Piano has received many honors, including the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture from the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo, The Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Wexner Prize, the Médaille d'Or from the Union Internationale des Architectes, and the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects.