Piece by Piece: Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop to open in Toronto

Hosted by the Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, the exhibition runs from July 16 to September 11, 2022.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop’s Punta Nave Office. Photo by Fregoso & Basalto © Fondazione Renzo Piano

An upcoming exhibition at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre showcases the work of Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW).  Piece by Piece: Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop is composed of 11 tables with 11 projects selected to reflect RPBW’s working process.

The Shard, London. Photo by Chris Martin, courtesy RPBW

The works present the studio’s diversity in architectural production, spanning a wide range of places and times. “Visitors will experience a world-tour of sorts that provides impressions of our firm’s DNA,” writes Amaury Greig, associate at RPBW.

“The vastly different projects are connected by a design approach that is driven by the specific context of each site, and by a fundamental objective of designing ‘places for people’.” A careful consideration of the construction process is also key to RPBW’s work, which places importance from the early stages on how each project will be designed “piece by piece.”

California Academy of Sciences, Renovation and Expansion. Photo by Shunji Ishida, courtesy RPBW

The selection of projects includes the Centre Pompidou (Studio Piano & Rogers, 1977), The California Academy of Sciences (with Stantec, 2008), the London Shard (with Adamson Associates, 2012), the Children’s Hospital in Uganda (with TAMassociati, 2021) and the soon-to-be-completed New Toronto Courthouse (with NORR, 2022).

Rendering of New Toronto Court House, by Renzo Piano with NORR

The exhibition is being hosted by the Harbourfront Centre in partnership with the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto, and runs from July 16 to September 11, 2022.

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