Renzo Piano. Space - Detail - Light

Renzo Piano. Space - Detail - Light

The Pritzker laureate Renzo Piano is recognized worldwide as one of the most
renowned architects of our time. Central elements of his aesthetics include the
playful use of natural light, the transparency of his buildings and their fine detailing. Museum buildings are among his most important construction projects.

This publication documents nine museum buildings by Renzo Piano Building
Workshop, including Beyeler Foundation in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia and the Broad Contemporary Art Museum in Los Angeles. The presentation pays special attention to the spatiality and detailing of these projects. The second part of the book systematically analyzes the careful use
of natural light in these museums.


Space – Detail – Light

Part I: Nine Museums by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Menil Collection, 1982–1986
Houston, Texas, USA

Beyeler Foundation, 1991–1997
Riehen, Basel, Switzerland

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, 1991–1998
Nouméa, New Caledonia

Cy Twombly Pavilion, 1992–1995
Houston, Texas, USA

Nasher Sculpture Center, 1999–2003
Dallas, Texas, USA

High Museum Expansion, 1999–2005
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Zentrum Paul Klee, 1999–2005
Bern, Switzerland

Renovation and Expansion of the Morgan Library and Museum, 2000–2006
New York City, New York, USA

Broad Contemporary Art Museum, 2003–2008
Los Angeles, California, USA

Part II: Natural Light in Museums by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

General Considerations
Light and Space
Conservation and Light

Design Principles of the Daylight Systems
Shading Concepts – Daylight Control Systems
Light Analyses of the Museums


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    Renzo Piano. Space - Detail - Light
  • Author

    Edgar Stach
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    English / German

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Cite: "Renzo Piano. Space - Detail - Light" 13 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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