Renzo Piano Building Workshop: Piece by piece

Friday / April 28 / 2017, 06.00-00.00
Stefano Pasqualetti

"It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. … I like to think of this exhibition like a journey through space,” writes Renzo Piano about the exhibition Piece by Piece, part of which goes on display at the SNFCC for the first time in Greece.

The exhibition by the Fondazione Renzo Piano and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, whose projects include the SNFCC complex, comprises 18 monographic installations that trace the making of various projects using mockups, drawings, photographs and videos. Two installations are dedicated to the visionary SNFCC construction project.

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop was established in 1981. Currently, 130 architecture and engineering experts work with the Italian architect in his practices in Paris, Genoa and New York. In collaboration with them, Renzo Piano has developed some of the most unmistakable landmark projects worldwide, including the Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka, the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia, the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome, the Morgan Library in New York, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, U.S.A., the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Whitney Museum in New York and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.