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Renzo Piano Designs Emergency Hospital in Uganda with Rammed Earth Walls

09:00 - 8 April, 2019
Renzo Piano Designs Emergency Hospital in Uganda with Rammed Earth Walls, © Archivio Emergency
© Archivio Emergency

Renzo Piano Building Workshop has released an update of their Emergency Children’s Surgery Center in Uganda, as work progresses on the pediatric surgery hospital. Since its inception in 2013, the scheme has sought to merge the practical requirements of the healthcare industry with a “model piece of architecture that is rational, tangible, modern, beautiful, and firmly linked to tradition.”

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

03:00 - 4 July, 2016
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop , © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

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Developer Pulls Planning on Renzo Piano's Controversial Paddington Tower

12:00 - 1 February, 2016
Developer Pulls Planning on Renzo Piano's Controversial Paddington Tower, Rendering of the scrapped Paddington tower. Image © RPBW
Rendering of the scrapped Paddington tower. Image © RPBW

Protestors have prompted developer Sellar Property Group to pull plans on the Renzo Piano-designed skyscraper sited in London's Paddington area. The 72-story "skinny Shard" has been harshly criticized by locals and Historic England for "blighting views" of the capital and being out-of-place, hence its popular nickname - the "Paddington Pole."

“London’s skyline is unique, iconic and loved. It has to be managed sensitively and with proper planning,” Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson told The Guardian. “Tall buildings can be exciting and useful, but if they are poorly designed, or in the wrong place, they can really harm our cities. We trust that the revised plans for Paddington Place will take the area’s unique character into account.”

Renzo Piano Designs Glass Soho Tower for New York

12:00 - 11 January, 2016
Renzo Piano Designs Glass Soho Tower for New York, © RPBW
© RPBW

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has released plans for a 25-story residential tower in New York. Dubbed the "SoHo Tower," the new skyscraper will be rise on a vacant lot at the western edge of the city's Soho district between Broome and Watts Street. It will be comprised of 115 apartments, a fitness center, swimming pool and automated parking, grounded by street level commercial units.

"The fragmented building massing, detail and materiality reinforce the human scale of this project within the scale of the city," says the architects. 

ArchDaily Readers Debate: MAD in Chicago, Renzo Piano in London, Snøhetta in San Francisco

09:30 - 1 November, 2015
ArchDaily Readers Debate: MAD in Chicago, Renzo Piano in London, Snøhetta in San Francisco, Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion with the original Mario Botta building in the foreground. Image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA
Snøhetta's SFMOMA Expansion with the original Mario Botta building in the foreground. Image © Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA

In the past two weeks, it seems the big stories in architecture have been focused around the world's biggest cities, with developments in London, Chicago and San Francisco grabbing headlines.

Continuing our series of round-ups of ArchDaily readers' responses to such attention-grabbing stories, recent articles sparked interesting arguments about MAD's newly-approved Lucas Museum, Snøhetta's almost-complete extension to SFMOMA, and Renzo Piano's recently-revealed "Skinny Shard" in London, as well as discussions over the power of developers to shape architecture in New York. Read on to find out what readers had to say.

Renzo Piano Designs New Skyscraper for London

12:43 - 21 October, 2015
Renzo Piano Designs New Skyscraper for London , © RPBW
© RPBW

Plans have been unveiled for a "skinny Shard" in London's Paddington area. Designed by Renzo Piano, the 65-story skyscraper is the focus of a £1 billion plan aimed at revitalizing the "soulless" district.

"At the moment you only go to Paddington for two reasons - to catch a train or to see someone in hospital. It is soulless and has no life and yet it is only five minutes from Hyde Park and seven or eight minutes from Marble Arch," Sellar Property Group chairman Irvine Sellar told Evening Standard. "It is a fantastic location but it is stuck in a Fifties time-warp. We intend to create a place for people to go, where they will want to live, work, eat and shop."

Renzo Piano to Break Ground on Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters

16:00 - 24 September, 2015
Renzo Piano to Break Ground on Des Moines’ Kum & Go Headquarters, © RPBW
© RPBW

Construction is set to commence next week on the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed Kum & Go Headquarters planned for downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Dubbed the "Krause Gateway Center," the five-story urban headquarters will be seen as a "natural extension" to the neighboring sculpture park that features a "flexible" work environment that can accommodate Kum & Go's future growth.

“Lightness, simplicity and openness are the main concepts expressed in the design,” says Renzo Piano. “The four vast planes flying over the site will emphasize the lightness and the transparency of the building, and will dialogue with the sculpture park nearby.”

The Menil Collection selected to receive AIA Twenty-five Year Award

00:00 - 16 January, 2013
© Paul Hester
© Paul Hester

The Menil Collection Houston, designed by architect Renzo Piano, has been selected for the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. Recognizing architectural design of enduring significance, the Twenty-five Year Award is conferred on a building that has stood the test of time for 25 to 35 years as an embodiment of architectural excellence. Projects must demonstrate excellence in function, in the distinguished execution of its original program, and in the creative aspects of its statement by today’s standards. The award will be presented this June at the AIA National Convention in Denver.

More on The Menil Collection after the break.

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