“Renzo Piano. The Art of Making Buildings” at the Royal Academy of Arts

This illuminating exhibition follows Piano’s career, from the influence of his Genoese heritage and his rise to acclaim alongside friend and collaborator Richard Rogers, to current projects still in the making. Focusing on 16 key buildings, it explores how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop designs buildings “piece by piece”, making deft use of form, material and engineering to achieve a precise and yet poetic elegance.

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2015. © RPBW. Photography: Nic Lehoux.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2015. © RPBW. Photography: Nic Lehoux.

 

From The Shard in London to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the buildings of Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. We reveal the vision and invention behind his pioneering work, showing how architecture can touch the human spirit. United by a characteristic sense of lightness, and an interplay between tradition and invention, function and context, Piano’s buildings soar in the public imagination as they do in our skylines. Counting the New York Times Building and the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa among his creations, he has cemented his place as one of the greatest architects of our times. (more…)

“Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture” at Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts will present an installation, book and series of events celebrating original and unorthodox thinking in British architecture. The installation comprises of images and photographs of these maverick architects’ work, situating their work within the broader context of architectural history.

 

Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price  © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo

Snowden Aviary, London Zoo (1961), by Cedric Price © John Farnham / Alamy Stock Photo

 

Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is an installation that will chart the course of British architecture from the sixteenth century to the present day through the work of twelve maverick architects: Robert Smythson, Sir John Vanbrugh, James Wyatt PRA, Sir John Soane RA, Charles Robert Cockerell RA, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles Holden, H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, James Stirling RA, Cedric Price, FAT and Zaha Hadid RA. (more…)