On Tour with Renzo PianoRenzo Piano

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Renzo Piano, winner of the 1998 Pritzker Prize, is an architect whose work seems increasingly relevant to our times. Always challenging and surprising, each new design never fails to be so excitingly innovative as to capture the imagination of his admirers.

One of the very few architects across the world to be intimately involved in each stage of a building's development - from its concept and masterplan to its construction and detailing - Renzo's insights into his own projects are revealing and insightful. In this new publication, the reader is offered the rare opportunity to experience the key buildings of the Renzo Piano Workshop with Piano himself.

Featuring approximately twenty-five built projects, Renzo Piano introduces each building through his own personal text, followed by a photographic guide which takes the reader from the external to the internal of each project on a frame by frame tour.

Projects featured range from urban works such as Berlin's Potsdamer Platz masterplan, to the acclaimed Beyeler Foundation in Basel and the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia. The ethos of Renzo Piano Building Workshop is characterized by sensitivity to site and local tradition as well as by its combination of traditional materials and techniques with those from the cutting edge of technology. On Tour with Renzo Piano illuminates this with energy and meticulous presentation.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 160 × 160 mm (6 1/4 × 6 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 336 pp
  • Illustrations: 270 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714843414

Renzo Piano is an award-winning and critically acclaimed architect, with Building Workshops in Paris and Genoa. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Oslo School of Architecture, the Central London Polytechnic and the Architectural Association in London.

"One of the greatest architects working today."—Glasgow Herald

"Reveals much about the architect's creative process."—Blueprint

"A rare opportunity to experience the key buildings... with Renzo Piano himself."—Art Journal www.artjournal.co.uk

"[A] small delight."—Financial Times

"Master class in 21st century design."—Travel & Leisure

"In this small-scale picture book, Genoa-born Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano leads a guided tour of 22 of his most prominent works."—Forbes