Archinect - News 2015-08-28T15:31:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/132554306/you-want-a-piece-of-renzo-piano You Want a Piece of Renzo Piano Isaac Wilhelm 2015-07-23T11:32:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T18:03:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m7/m79x3vd9i1g8fz4b.jpg" width="514" height="643" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>He&rsquo;s Mr. Lifestyle of the rich and famous, do you want a piece of him?&nbsp; No not Britney Spears, but rather world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Visitors to the recent Piece by Piece: Renzo Piano Building Workshop at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai were engaged in the evolution of the famous architect&rsquo;s key works through multi-media presentations.&nbsp; Various study models made of wood, foam, morphed plastic, and even pantyhose provided insight into the limitless and unpredictable avenues of the architectural creative process. &nbsp;Suspended models of various scale and detail hovered above viewers as informative construction process documentaries played on the wall. &nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8v/8vwyqvgqly0stwaq.jpg"></p><p>The entire the exhibition space pulsed with creativity.&nbsp; It was as though visitors were inside Piano&rsquo;s brain. The display workshop tables the neurons. Visitors the receptors.&nbsp; The exploratory exhibit is now closed, but like a catchy American pop-song, piece by piece Renzo Piano&rsquo;s ingenious design ingenuity has already trick...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131969348/renzo-piano-knows-how-to-build-a-mean-sandcastle Renzo Piano knows how to build a mean sandcastle Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-15T20:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-16T00:31:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38b63hkkxhqbanjm.jpg" width="514" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Making sandcastles was my training in fantasy. Now, as an architect constructing buildings like the Shard, I have to think about the final result, but as a child making castles of sand I didn&rsquo;t, they were ephemeral.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Imagine the architect responsible for such momentous projects as the new Whitney Museum, The Shard in London, and reunified Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, on his hands and knees on a sandy beach. Imagine him digging a trench and piling buckets of wet sand into a mound with concerted precision, only to start laughing and cavorting like a child as the tide comes in and his work is destroyed. Then doing it all over again.</p><p>He may be on to something: as quoted in <em>The Guardian</em>, he explains matter-of-factly,&nbsp;"I have four children; the oldest is 50 and the youngest 16, so I have been making sandcastles for a long time. There is no age limit &ndash; you can enjoy making a sandcastle however old you are, although it helps to think like a child."</p><p>His method for sandcastle building is at times very precise (the angle of the sand mound's incline should ideally be 45&deg;) and decidedly whimsical: "The magic moment is when the waves come and the ditch becomes a moat ... To capture the image in your memory quickly...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed Renzo Piano's designs for Kum & Go HQ revealed Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T17:53:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w0/w0hd9ob7shp76o3c.jpg" width="514" height="231" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When Midwest convenience store chain Kum &amp; Go announced the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114120518/renzo-piano-will-design-the-new-kum-go-corporate-hq-in-iowa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selection of Renzo Piano</a> as design architect for their new Des Moines, Iowa headquarters last November, speculations immediately ran wild about what the Italian master would put to paper.</p><p>The secrecy has now been lifted with the official reveal of the designs for the 5-story Krause Gateway Center, scheduled to open in 2018.</p><p>Scroll down for the announcement Kum &amp; Go published, along with first design impressions, this week.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kky2r5h2go1y70sh.jpg"></p><p><em>Kum &amp; Go shared today the designs for their new Downtown Des Moines headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue. The building was designed to provide Kum &amp; Go associates a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers flexibility for growth in the years to come.</em></p><p><em>The five-story building is being planned and constructed for LEED certification, and will feature glass prominently on all sides to provide transparency and light throughout the building. The layout was designed to...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126822760/new-renzo-piano-designed-residential-tower-to-rise-in-nyc New Renzo Piano-Designed Residential Tower to Rise in NYC DianePham 2015-05-06T15:27:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:36:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/ivqtops7fdgc69l7.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renzo Piano's versatility continues to win the hearts of NYC developers, and it looks like the starchitect is finally getting his chance to flex his muscle in the residential realm. Piano&mdash;who just cut the ribbon to the new Whitney to rave reviews&mdash;has been chosen by Michael Shvo and Bizzi &amp; Partners to design a brand new 290-foot tower at 100 Varick Street in up-and-coming Hudson Square bordering Soho.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The tower will be Piano's first large-scale residential project in the U.S.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125983571/exclusive-photos-take-a-tour-inside-the-brand-new-whitney-museum EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Take a Tour Inside the Brand New Whitney Museum! Alyssa Alimurung 2015-04-23T18:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-24T10:04:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uk/ukubdy9rb9lsicbo.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>May 1st will mark a new era for the Whitney when its brand new home along the High Line swings its doors open to the public for the first time. A project that has been decades in the making, the $422 million structure designed by Renzo Piano is a game changer for a museum that had long outgrown its Upper East Side space.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fg/fgs0lxv7kqjdfeae.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e3if2kutbxhdj18b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j093jmfk9idjwzgy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8b/8bumyykj487sr9u7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4k/4kmppoerzomfgffx.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcfqnp7965tunmrn.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125835685/archinect-s-critical-round-up-for-the-new-renzo-piano-designed-whitney-museum Archinect's critical round-up for the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum Nicholas Korody 2015-04-21T18:33:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T13:32:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r58se7sbmw2mm6nc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With almost two weeks left before its public opening, the <a href="http://whitney.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum of American Art</a>&rsquo;s new Renzo Piano-designed building is already shaping up to be one of the most talked-about buildings of the year. &nbsp;The 200,00 square-foot exhibition space is the long-awaited, and controversial, replacement of Marcel Breuer&rsquo;s 1966 brutalist (and equally, if not more, controversial) Upper East Side masterpiece. Critical responses have already started proliferating across the Internet. Inevitably, most include comments on Piano&rsquo;s precedent, as well as the drawn-out design process that included proposals by OMA and Michael Graves to expand Breuer&rsquo;s original building.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4o/4oivm5djtrvx44vn.jpg"></p><p>Piano has designed more museums than probably any other contemporary architect: the Pompidou in Paris, the Menil Collection, two buildings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. So far, many critics have commented that, with the new Whitney Museum, Piano is putting his experience to good use. The design can accommodate...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125371251/protests-at-renzo-piano-s-new-whitney-museum-building Protests at Renzo Piano's new Whitney Museum building Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T17:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:46:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hl3wksnqibgi04ku.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Whitney Museum of American Art has yet to open its doors in a new location in the meatpacking district, but on Tuesday night it unwittingly played host to&nbsp;its first radical art exhibition. At 11 p.m., activists from groups including Occupy Museums and Occupy the Pipeline gathered on the street in front of the museum for a performance art-style demonstration about a natural gas pipeline that is adjacent to the $422 million building and its vast art collection.</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/124355938/supersized-whitney-museum-prepares-for-may-1-opening-and-the-years-after-that Supersized Whitney Museum prepares for May 1 opening – and the years after that Alexander Walter 2015-04-02T13:53:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T14:30:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w3/w3q0o89xdvmc9a3j.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The galleries are immense, the Renzo Piano design is arresting and the views of the Hudson River are expansive. As it prepares to open its new $422 million Lower Manhattan home on May 1, the Whitney Museum of American Art is pulsing with anticipation as it plans the inaugural events, including a neighborhood block party. But behind the scenes the museum is also preparing for the challenge of paying to operate a building that is three times as large as the old one.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114114079/whitney-announces-opening-date-of-its-new-home-in-chelsea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney announces opening date of its new home in Chelsea</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100055311/whitney-museum-to-offer-year-of-free-admission-to-construction-workers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Whitney Museum to Offer Year of Free Admission to Construction Workers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/59846851/follow-the-construction-of-renzo-piano-s-new-whitney-online" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Follow the construction of Renzo Piano's new Whitney online</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/122837421/renzo-piano-the-future-of-european-architecture-lies-in-the-suburbs Renzo Piano: the future of European architecture lies in the suburbs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-13T20:48:00-04:00 >2015-03-17T14:13:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f6320bbd593a0376bb6170e8e1b03510.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1960s and '70s, like many of his contemporaries, Piano was involved in the battle to revive forlorn and decaying historic centers of cities. Now he's fighting to save their often desolate outskirts. Unlike the suburbs of U.S. cities, which are often well off, the suburbs of many European cities tend to be the poorest parts of the metropolitan area. [...] Piano believes "the suburbs are the place where energy is in the city &mdash; in the good, in the bad."</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/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 >2015-07-02T13:52:26-04:00 <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 /><p><strong>UPDATE:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130946035/renzo-piano-s-designs-for-kum-go-hq-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano's designs for Kum &amp; Go HQ revealed</a></p> 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>