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Architects and Designers

Renzo Piano

The cooperation between the famous master Renzo Piano and Tecno started in year 2000, with an exhibition in the Centre Georges Pompidou - Paris, with tables and suspended panels especially designed for that location.

Renzo Piano was born on September 14, 1937 in Genova.

He graduated in 1964 at the Politecnico in Milano. During the university time, he worked in the studio of Franco Albini, and completed his practical training by spending time on his father’s building sites-

Between 1965 and 1970, he undertook many research and business trips to the United States and Great Britain. It was during this period that he also met Jean Prouvé, with whom he established a friendship that has had a great influence on his work.

In 1971 he founded the “Piano & Rogers” studio, with Richard Rogers, his partner on the Pompidou Centre project in Paris. In 1977 he founded the “Atelier Piano & Rice”, with Peter Rice, an engineer who worked with him for many years and co-operate on many projects until his demise in 1993.

Most lately he has established the “Renzo Piano Building Workshop”, with offices in Paris and Genova, with a staff of about one hundred people (architects, engineers, specialists…) in strict co-operation with a number of associate architects to whom he has been linked for many years.

His many awards include the Pritker Prize, presented by President Clinton at the White House in 1998.

Among the main projects completed:

1977 - Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, France, (Piano & Rogers)

1986 - Museum for the Menil Collection, Houston, U.S.A.

1990 - S.Nicola football stadium, Bari, Italy

1991 - Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Punta Nave, Genoa, Italy

1992 - Aquarium and Conference Centre in the Fair area, Genoa, Italy

1994 - The Lingotto Auditorium, Turin, Italy

1994 - Terminal at Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Japan

1997 - Debis Tower, headquarters of Daimler Benz, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

1998 - Ferrari Wind tunnel, Maranello, Modena, Italy

1998 - Jean Marie Tjibaou cultural centre, Nouméa, New Caledonia

1998 - Theatre for musicals, Imax theatre, casino, housing on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

1999 - Completion of the external arrangement of the Porto Antico (Old Port), Genoa, Italy

2000 - Revamping of the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris, France

2001 - Maison  Hermès, Tokyo, Japan

2001 - Niccolo’ Paganini Auditorium, Parma, Italy

2002 - “Parco della Musica” auditorium , rooms seating 700,1200 and 2800, Rome, Italia

2002 - Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli at Lingotto, Turin, Italia

2003 - Nasher Scuplture Garden, Dallas, U.S.A

2004 - San Pio Church, San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia, Italy

2005 - Paul-Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland

2005 - Extension of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, U.S.A


Among the main projects in progress:

1999 - Paul-Klee Museum, Bern, Switzerland

2000 - Extension of the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA

2000 - London Bridge Tower, London, Great Britain

2000 - New headquarters of the  New York Times, New York, U.S.A

2000 - Revamping and extension of the Morgan Library, New York, USA

2001 - Offices and housing, Saint Giles Court, UK

2001 - Columbia University, Harlem, Campus Plan, U.S.A

2001 - Los Angeles County Museum, Lacma, Los Angeles, USA

2004 - Extension of the Whitney Museum, New York, U.S.A.

2005 - Upgrading of the former Falck areas Sesto San Giovanni (MI), Italy