Archinect - News 2014-12-18T17:28:54-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa Renzo Piano will design the new Kum & Go corporate HQ in Iowa Justine Testado 2014-11-20T15:57:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T23:32:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dj/djbgetjkstu2vsds.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano Building Workshop will be the design architect for the new corporate headquarters of Midwest convenience retailer chain Kum &amp; Go. The 120,000 sq.foot building will be located at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. After competing teams submitted written proposals, six finalists were interviewed last month before RPBW won the project. In the next few months, a local architect and general contractor will be chosen as the design process begins.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114114079/whitney-announces-opening-date-of-its-new-home-in-chelsea Whitney announces opening date of its new home in Chelsea Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T13:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:46:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/852dec54324014ba3107df965ca9b381.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that it will open its new home in Chelsea on 1 May 2015. With double the exhibition space of its "old" Marcel Breuer-designed building, the museum will be able to show far more of its collection of Modern and contemporary American art in its Renzo Piano-designed new space in the Meatpacking District. [...] Weinberg told us that Piano saved the institution from making one decision that it would have lived to regret.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/11627/whitney-museum-of-american-art" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113425910/photos-of-the-renovated-harvard-art-museums Photos of the Renovated Harvard Art Museums Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T15:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:00:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aa/aa5d715dd194f901b8b605cfa875539e.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After six long years of laboring on the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums, lead architect Renzo Piano had but one simple message at the unveiling of the new complex to the press on Friday. &ldquo;There is very little an architect should say about a new building,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Just &lsquo;Welcome.'&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106094101/renzo-piano-designed-harvard-art-museum-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano-designed Harvard Art Museum Nears Completion</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113035783/centre-pompidou-to-open-design-and-architecture-gallery Centre Pompidou To Open Design and Architecture Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-11-06T14:01:00-05:00 >2014-11-06T14:04:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7di8qk6tihk5pc8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] a gallery dedicated to design and architecture will soon also be added the Centre. Like the &ldquo;Galerie de Photographies," which is housed in former technical facilities, the future design gallery will be located within the existing Piano + Rogers-designed building. &ldquo;Eventually, there should be almost no offices in the building, and we'll keep only the technical facilities that are strictly indispensable," said Seban.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112957840/new-competition-launched-for-national-gallery-and-ludwig-museum-in-budapest New competition launched for National Gallery and Ludwig Museum in Budapest Alexander Walter 2014-11-05T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T13:43:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kre9w96nal03g4qx.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international jury choosing an architect to design a new National Gallery, which will also provide a new home for the Ludwig Museu in the Hungarian capital, has invited seven leading practices to take part in a new competition after a first competition did not produce a winning design. The seven architects invited to compete for the high-profile commission are: Jean Nouvel, David Chipperfield, Mecanoo, Nieto Sobejano, Renzo Piano, Sanaa and Sn&oslash;hetta.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project Archinect 2014-10-09T12:16:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:39:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/021b996c70ad0c24f11d33acdb409691.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few minutes after sitting down to talk with Renzo Piano in his large, airy Paris studio Tuesday, I asked the architect about the progress of the film museum he is designing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wilshire Boulevard. "The academy?" he asked. "Ha. The academy is a good story. "Look, I know you don't like that scheme," referring to my recent coverage of the design. "I don't think it will be that bad. Actually, I'm struggling to do something good."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108787651/breaking-up-with-renzo Breaking up with Renzo... Gregory Walker 2014-09-12T12:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T11:50:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/uj7qe35xanopkebf.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"And so, you know, having named my son after him, what was I going to do? Of course I said yes."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Architect's Newspaper has an insightful interview with Zoltan Pali about his firm's decision to "consciously uncouple" with Renzo Piano's firm on the design for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts museum project. It's not always easy when you get matched up with someone, even if you've named your son after them...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108371541/before-and-afters-academy-museum-of-motion-pictures-renzo-piano Before and Afters: Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Renzo Piano Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-07T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:27:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pe/pe2871ioypxhxatr.jpg" width="500" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I really like it. I don't get the hate for the sphere. I think it will be a cool space to enjoy in person, vs. just looking at drawings. - reader comment (NeutraFilmmaker67)</p></em><br /><br /><p>Not that LA is so pristine with its architecture, mainly <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98148220/design-tweaks-can-t-overcome-academy-museum-s-dramatic-flaws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">disliked</a> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-et-cm-academy-museum-design-20140415-story.html#axzz2z4cH20L3&amp;page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">condemned</a> by the form gendarmerie, the&nbsp;<a href="http://peter%20zumthor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Academy Museum of Motion Pictures</a> is looking better. It might be the ever so missing link which will tie-in all the disparate parts of LACMA from Fairfax eastward, even Zumthor's blot if ever.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108020530/why-modern-architecture-struggles-to-inspire-catholics Why Modern Architecture Struggles to Inspire Catholics Alexander Walter 2014-09-02T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T02:11:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ee/ee66e2fcca2a7dec4c615d748e92dd89.jpg" width="355" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside a few rare examples such as Ronchamp, I sense that Modernism has failed to deliver an architecture that connects with most Catholics and other traditional Christians. Much of this has to do with fact that Modernism as a cultural movement is inherently atheistic as it is based on a secular materialist philosophy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107558197/a-banker-s-bold-vision-inspires-an-arts-center-and-neighbors-doubts A Banker’s Bold Vision Inspires an Arts Center, and Neighbors’ Doubts Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:11:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c893bdcb91ae769d1909f00fec4d3b9f.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From the horizon, the new Bot&iacute;n contemporary art center hovers over Santander&rsquo;s agate-colored bay like a fleet of spaceships poised for a close encounter. [...] The $106 million center &mdash; designed by Renzo Piano, the Italian architect, to jut over the bay &mdash; is the latest private museum emerging in Europe that matches star architects and dramatic designs with billionaires who have huge ambitions and brands to promote.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094101/renzo-piano-designed-harvard-art-museum-nears-completion Renzo Piano-designed Harvard Art Museum Nears Completion Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pf/pf08dl5u0fmgs68i.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Curators at the Harvard Art Museums are spending the summer installing works in the new Renzo Piano-designed building, which has significantly boosted the university&rsquo;s ability to display its wide-ranging collections. They&rsquo;re working toward November 16, the date when Harvard&rsquo;s Fogg Art Museum, closed six years ago for renovation and expansion, reopens as part of a new entity uniting three previously separate university museums.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104246142/in-praise-of-lacma-s-vulgar-architecture In Praise of LACMA’s Vulgar Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-07-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qb/qbsut8kg1xlczd3b.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it&rsquo;s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102859400/watch-renzo-piano-s-construction-cranes-dance-in-athens Watch Renzo Piano's construction cranes "dance" in Athens Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-27T13:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:59:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6v2mg7658gwzeq1t.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Renzo Piano's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/12433302/renzo-piano-unveils-green-roofed-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center-for-athens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stavros Niarchos Foundation&nbsp;Cultural Center in Athens</a>&nbsp;(SNFCC) is still under construction, it didn't keep the first performance from being staged last Wednesday on the site. Based on Renzo Piano's own idea, the Greek National Orchestra scored a 15-minute "dance" performance of ten giant cranes on the construction site, conducted by Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera, Myron Michailidis.</p><p>The cranes' dance was choreographed by Renato Zanella, to music from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gustav Holst's&nbsp;</a><em><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Planets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Planets</a>&nbsp;</em>-- all with the Pantheon in the background.</p><p>The SNFCC is scheduled to open in 2016, and will include the new home for the Greek National Opera, the National Library of Greece, and a 42-acre public park.</p><p>You can watch the entire performance below (begins at 10:00):</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99649076/shard-becomes-london-s-eyeful-tower Shard becomes London’s ‘eyeful’ tower Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:57:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4b/4b7bf60ca235f0ae014dadaf56950b58.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first guests at western Europe&rsquo;s tallest hotel came expecting unforgettable views &ndash; but may have got more than they bargained for. The bedrooms in Shangri-La&rsquo;s luxury hotel, which opened last week in London&rsquo;s 310m-tall Shard building, come with binoculars so guests can survey the city&rsquo;s landmarks through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But thanks to a quirk in the building&rsquo;s design, some rooms also come with potentially revealing views of other guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98510132/editor-s-picks-364 Editor's Picks #364 Nam Henderson 2014-04-22T21:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T15:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bocrgxzfuh5bbcjr.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> feature Archinect talked with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97819483/working-out-of-the-box-emily-fischer-of-haptic-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Fischer, Founder of </a><a href="http://www.hapticlab.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Haptic Lab</a>. &nbsp;</p><p>In the interview she explains how she started "<em>The very first quilted map I made was designed to be a wayfinding tool for the visually impaired; my mother was diagnosed with glaucoma and macular degeneration while I was a student at TCAUP</em>&rdquo;.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/2752895/fred-scharmen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>Those kites are amazing!</em>".</p><p>Meanwhile issue <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/97260768/screen-print-12-the-cairo-review-s-future-of-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#12 of Screen/Print highlighted The Cairo Review's "Future of the City"</a>&nbsp;along with <a href="http://onetwelveksa.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One:Twelve</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98156717/screen-print-13-one-twelve-s-black-and-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> (the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture) seventh issue, </a><a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/529f9366e4b0edf62d290de9/t/5315fef7e4b04a00bc14abd5/1393950455290/Issue_007_Final.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black and White</a>.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>As demolition of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98033714/coming-soon-to-moma-lots-of-knocking-next-door" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Folk Art Museum</a>&nbsp;began <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a>&nbsp;and Paul moderated a conversation between Archinect Contributors &nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/quilian" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quilian Riano</a> and <a href="http://www.artsjournal.com/culturegrrl/author/lrosenbaum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Rosenbaum</a>, who writes about art museums for the Wall Street Journal.</p><p><strong>vado retro</strong> was curious "<em>Would we have the same outrage say if a hospital were the ones tearing down the FAM...Our response of outrage is a...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98148220/design-tweaks-can-t-overcome-academy-museum-s-dramatic-flaws Design tweaks can't overcome Academy Museum's dramatic flaws Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-07T02:18:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f3/f353a80c8162d4c0adf1ab119ea338ca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Brougher and other academy leaders can compel the architects to reconcile the clear potential of the new wing's interior spaces with its unconvincing, unwieldy exterior, they may be able to salvage the design before construction begins. If not, they may well have an architectural flop on their hands when the museum opens in 2017 &mdash; not to mention the third disappointing Piano building within a quarter-mile radius.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86856293/kimbell-s-135-million-expansion-has-light-needs-soul Kimbell’s $135 Million Expansion Has Light, Needs Soul Archinect 2013-11-18T20:30:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:02:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db3ff5d934113454725e101fde9c2ec2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by Louis Kahn in 1972, the Kimbell is considered the greatest American museum building of the 20th century. Understandably, the new $135-million addition by Renzo Piano, which at 101,000 square feet (9,383 square meters) just about doubles the Kimbell&rsquo;s space, has been anticipated with trepidation.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86206339/museums-may-be-his-most-lasting-legacy Museums may be his most lasting legacy Nam Henderson 2013-11-11T11:43:00-05:00 >2013-11-11T11:43:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/clfgf9vz0rhcsso5.jpg" width="514" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing,&rdquo; said Mr. Piano...&ldquo;Looking back, I counted, and I said, &lsquo;Is this true?&rsquo; &rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Ted Loos sat down with Renzo Piano to discuss his firm's design for an expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, opening on Nov. 27. They also discussed the firms history of 25 major museum projects either underway or built, and how Piano has seemingly become the go to "starchitect" for museum commissions.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80996307/architect-renzo-piano-named-among-honorary-italian-senators Architect Renzo Piano named among honorary Italian senators Archinect 2013-09-03T18:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:51:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fd3fedd6f44f05e5414c0d1a0b082fd.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano, the award-winning architect who gave London the Shard and Paris the Pompidou centre, has been granted one of his country's highest honours, being named a senator for life by the Italian president. Giorgio Napolitano said the 75-year-old was among four distinguished Italians whose achievements in the cultural and scientific fields would allow them to contribute to the nation's parliament "in absolute independence of any party political considerations".</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72423235/kimbell-art-museum-announces-the-renzo-piano-designed-pavilion-will-open-on-nov-27 Kimbell Art Museum announces the Renzo Piano-designed pavilion will open on Nov. 27 Archinect 2013-05-03T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-05-06T12:39:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u5/u5kr73zwffc1c3ji.jpg" width="514" height="208" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The highly anticipated expansion to the Kimbell Art Museum, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates, opens to the public on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Renzo Piano&rsquo;s colonnaded pavilion stands as an expression of simplicity&mdash;glass, concrete and wood&mdash;surrounded by elms and red oaks, some 65 yards to the west of Louis I. Kahn&rsquo;s vaulted, luminous museum of 1972.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qt/qt2pcgu3d25jjvrb.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Similar in scale to the Kahn building, the 300-foot-long, 22-foot-high building is composed of two parallel wings stretching from north to south, connected by two glass passageways. To the rear, the west wing will have a green sod roof, which appears to rise out of the ground with berms on either end and concrete retaining walls on the sides. The front, east wing is topped by a glass, steel and wood roof system. The wafer-thin top layer of this system, which features louvered photovoltaic cells, hovers above the east wing's most prominent feature: enormous laminated wood beams that appear to float above the concrete and glass walls and which are held aloft by square concrete columns.<br><br> The plan and elevation of the east wing, which faces the Kahn building, is tripartite, which mirrors the tripartite plan and elevation of the Kahn building. This is the most overt of the Piano building&rsquo;s numerous echoes of its esteemed predecessor. The facade&rsquo;s central, 100-foot-long recessed glas...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/71357749/motion-picture-academy-unveils-renzo-piano-s-design-for-la-film-museum Motion Picture Academy unveils Renzo Piano's design for LA film museum Archinect 2013-04-16T15:25:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T19:43:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bokp7vahl2mbfu59.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Italian architect Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs Thursday for a $300-million film museum at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The architectural centerpiece of the 290,000-square-foot complex, just west of the campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, would be a giant glass-enclosed dome, which Piano refers to as the "sphere" and the "soap bubble."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71067545/architectural-league-of-new-york-presents-2013-president-s-medal-to-renzo-piano Architectural League of New York Presents 2013 President’s Medal to Renzo Piano Alexander Walter 2013-04-11T15:00:00-04:00 >2013-04-11T15:02:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k2/k25knj6c08frehrq.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano has been awarded the highest honor of the Architectural League of New York, the President's Medal. The prize is bestowed annually on individuals in recognition of extraordinary body of work in architecture, urbanism, or design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/65636354/renzo-piano-s-menil-collection-wins-the-2013-aia-twenty-five-year-award Renzo Piano’s Menil Collection Wins the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award Alexander Walter 2013-01-16T18:32:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:38:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ub/ub7wtzhcwln2aedu.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The AIA today selected the Menil Collection Houston, designed by Renzo Piano, to receive the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64541818/renzo-piano-my-inspiration-for-the-shard Renzo Piano: my inspiration for the Shard Archinect 2012-12-31T12:18:00-05:00 >2013-01-02T20:48:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6b03a495891a3253d616e1dd1a86cfdb.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Piano apparently sketched his idea on a restaurant napkin while meeting property developer Irvine Sellar in March 2000. According to Piano's architectural firm, RPBW, Sellar keeps the famous napkin in his offices. "He saw the beauty of the river and the railways and the way their energy blended and began to sketch in green felt pen on a napkin what he saw as a giant sail or an iceberg," Sellar recalled in a recent interview.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63874542/william-matthews-shard-project-architect-will-leave-piano-to-start-new-practice William Matthews, Shard Project Architect, will leave Piano to start new practice Archinect 2012-12-21T14:21:00-05:00 >2012-12-24T15:22:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9f/9f61uyh8whdd83zb.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has split his time between London and the French capital for the past decade but next year will open a new office in the central London architecture hotspot of Clerkenwell where his neighbours will include Zaha Hadid Architects and Wilkinson Eyre. Before he goes, Matthews has agreed to complete all his work on the Shard including the viewing gallery, due to open in February, and the restaurants on floors 31, 32 and 33 which are expected to open in the spring.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62208546/renzo-piano-s-nasher-sculpture-center-controversy-continues Renzo Piano's Nasher Sculpture Center controversy continues Archinect 2012-11-26T19:14:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:15:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1e96035940ce36f7333a9a2d6571c9fe.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This year both parties met to begin working toward some sort of solution. Negotiations soon turned sour; squabbles ensued. The tower people wanted the museum to modify its roof. The museum replied by saying, essentially, "we were here first." Tom Luce, a local lawyer and civic leader, agreed to act as a mediator. Late last month he stepped aside in frustration. Only 15 of the 126 apartments (priced at $1.3 million to $4.5 million, not including the $20 million penthouse) have sold.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46017272/the-nasher-and-the-ant-bully" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Nasher and The Ant Bully</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ou/ou7kwmykay2x0tkc.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61740092/los-angeles-gets-a-new-renzo-piano-designed-museum Los Angeles Gets a New Renzo Piano-designed Museum Archinect 2012-11-19T20:31:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T23:21:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/ad9660645b53de68b68b978a466086e5.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2016, if all goes according to plan, Los Angeles will have a new architectural showpiece and yet another place of pilgrimage for movie buffs&mdash;the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Created by the organization thanked in Oscar acceptance speeches, and designed by Genoa-based architect Renzo Piano and Los Angeles&ndash;based architect Zoltan Pali, the museum is envisioned as a place to celebrate both the history and future of film, with galleries, screening rooms, and an interactive education center.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53013440/renzo-piano-s-the-shard-in-london-europe-s-tallest-building-is-officially-open Renzo Piano's The Shard in London, Europe's tallest building, is officially open Archinect 2012-07-05T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T14:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58e2660a19765546726dcbe3a98aae7f.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tower, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, will contain offices, exclusive residences, a luxury hotel, restaurants and a viewing gallery across 72 floors which can be occupied. There are a further 15 levels which make up the 'spire' - six of which have the potential to be used, with another nine exposed to the elements. The 1,016ft skyscraper was inaugurated by the prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Qatar, Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, and The Duke of York.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/51487269/the-shard-renzo-piano-s-great-glass-elevator The Shard: Renzo Piano's great glass elevator Archinect 2012-06-15T12:28:00-04:00 >2012-06-15T12:42:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/faf571ec5589b9727d0b23b46502eabf.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It has transformed the London skyline, but the giant Shard faced hostility all the way. Its Italian architect Renzo Piano meets Steve Rose on the eighth floor &ndash; and answers his critics</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>