Basic Architecture: Piano


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Author Philip Jodidio
Publisher Taschen
Date 2016
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.3 in., 96 pages
This essential introduction travels from Osaka, Japan, to Bern, Switzerland, and through many cities, structures, and islands in between, to explore the staggering scope of the Renzo Piano (Italian, 1937-) repertoire--from the "inside-out" Pompidou to the airy shells of the"Tjibaou Cultural Center."

Piano rose to international prominence with his codesign of the Pompidou Center in Paris. While some architects have a signature style, Renzo Piano seeks to apply coherent ideas to extraordinarily different projects. His buildings impress as much for their individual impact as for their diversity of scale, material, and form.

His works include many high-profile cultural spaces, such as Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Morgan Library Renovation and Expansion in New York; and, most recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art, an asymmetric nine-story structure in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District with both indoor and outdoor galleries. n New York and London, the Renzo touch has also transformed the skyline with the towers of the New York Times Building and the Shard, the tallest building in the European Union.