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Renzo Piano Teaches You How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle

Renzo Piano Teaches You How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle
Renzo Piano Teaches You How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle, Boccadasse, Genoa. Image © Flickr CC User Giorgio Minguzzi
Boccadasse, Genoa. Image © Flickr CC User Giorgio Minguzzi

In a recent article published by The Guardian, Renzo Piano encourages architects to make sandcastles. "There is no age limit," he says, "... it helps you think like a child." The Italian architect credits the start of his career to the first sandcastle he ever made on the Genoa shoreline. "Making things has always been a pleasure for me – happy hands, happy mind – and making sandcastles was my training in fantasy."

Embracing the ephemeral nature of such a building, Piano has provided step-by-step instructions on how to make the "perfect" sandcastle: 1) "Study the waves" and site your castle near the water; 2) Build a 60cm tall "little mountain" with 45° slopes and surround it with a 30cm deep, 45cm wide moat; 3) Allow sea water to enter the moat, sit back and watch; and 4) Top the sand structure with a "little flag" to make it visible, then "go home and don't look back." 

Read Renzo's complete sandcastle instructions, here

Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Renzo Piano Teaches You How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle" 15 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/770340/renzo-piano-teaches-you-how-to-build-the-perfect-sandcastle/> ISSN 0719-8884