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Diogene / Renzo Piano

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Diogene / Renzo Piano, Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra
Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra

Text description provided by the architects. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as "Vitra's smallest building - but largest product".

More about the design of Diogene after the break

© Renzo Piano Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra + 9

Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L'Aquila

01:00 - 19 February, 2013
Renzo Piano Designs a Flat-Pack Auditorium for L'Aquila, © Marco Caselli Nirmal
© Marco Caselli Nirmal

Text description provided by the architects. In April 2009, the central Italian city of L’Aquila was devastated by a crippling earthquake, claiming lives and causing extensive damage to thousands of buildings, including the leveling of the city’s main auditorium venue. Nearing the four anniversary of this tragic disaster, the Italian city of Trento has donated a Renzo Piano-designed auditorium, which was inaugurated in October, in an effort to aid the reconstruction of the medieval city. 

Creating an illusion of instability, the auditorium is formed by three interconnected cubes made entirely of wood (1.165 cubic meters in total) that ironically appears as they had “haphazardly tumbled down” and came to rest upon each other. The entire structure was prefabricated and then assembled onsite by Log Engineering, who pieced it together with 800,000 nails, 100,000 screws and 10,000 brackets.

More after the break...

© Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal © Marco Caselli Nirmal + 24

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens New Wing Today / Renzo Piano

00:00 - 19 January, 2012
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Opens New Wing Today / Renzo Piano, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 27

AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano

00:00 - 28 September, 2011
AD Classics: Menil Collection / Renzo Piano, © D Jules Gianakos
© D Jules Gianakos

© D Jules Gianakos © D Jules Gianakos © D Jules Gianakos © D Jules Gianakos + 14

Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects

00:00 - 17 January, 2011
Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects

Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects Central St. Giles Court / Renzo Piano + Fletcher Priest Architects + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    St Giles High St, Westminster, London WC2H 0, UK
  • Category

  • Design Team

    J.Moolhuijzen, M.van der Staay (partner and associate in charge), N.Mecattaf (associate) with L.Battaglia, S.Becchi, A.Belvedere, G.Carravieri, E.Chen, D.Colas, P.Colonna, W.Matthews, G.Mezzanotte, S.Mikou, Ph.Molter, Y.Pagès, M.Pare, L.Piazza, M.Reale, J.Rousseau, S.Singer Bayrle, R.Stampton and M.Aloisini, R.Biavati, M.Pierce, L.Voiland; O.Auber, C.Colson, Y.Kyrkos (models)
  • Structure

    Ove Arup & Partners
  • Pre Construction Advice

    Bovis Lend Lease
  • Lighting

    P.Castiglioni / G.Bianchi
  • Landscaping

    Charles Funke Associates
  • Cost Consultant

    Davis Langdon
  • Client

    Legal & General with Mitsubishi Estate Corporation Stanhope PLC
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

AD Classics: AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Richard Rogers

00:00 - 11 June, 2010
AD Classics: AD Classics: Centre Georges Pompidou / Renzo Piano Building Workshop  + Richard Rogers, © conservapedia.com
© conservapedia.com

© Courtney Traub © NJIT © NJIT © Francis Toussaint + 14

Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano

01:00 - 14 June, 2009
Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano

Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago / Renzo Piano + 19

  • Architects

    Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Interactive Design Inc.
  • Location

    Chicago, IL, USA
  • Category

  • Design Team

    J. Moolhuijzen (partner in charge), D.Rat, C.Maxwell-Mahon with A.Belvedere, D.Colas, P.Colonna, O.Foucher, A.Gallissian, S.Giorgio-Marrano, H.Lee, W.Matthews, T.Mikdashi, J.B.Mothes, Y.Pagès, B.Payson, M.Reale, J.Rousseau, A.Stern, A.Vachette, C.von Däniken and K.Doerr, M.Gomes, J.Nakagawa; Y.Kyrkos, C.Colson, O.Aubert (models)
  • Structure

    Ove Arup & Partners
  • Services

    Ove Arup & Partners + Sebesta Blomberg
  • Civil Engineering

    Patrick Engineering
  • Landscaping

    Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd.
  • Leed Consultant

    Carter Burgess
  • Project Year

    2009

California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano Building Workshop + Stantec Architecture

00:00 - 28 September, 2008
California Academy of Sciences / Renzo Piano Building Workshop  + Stantec Architecture , © Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith © Tim Griffith + 47