Renzo Piano — The Art of Making Buildings

, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London51.509354 -0.139908
0207 300 8090

Dates and ticket price

Dates & Time:
John Madejski Fine Rooms tour: Usually 12 noon to 1 PM (Thu-Sat) – Temporary exhibition: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun); 10 AM to 10 PM (Fri); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Tickets & Cost:
£14. See

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You might not have recognise his name, but you will definitely recognise some of the buildings he has designed because Renzo Piano is the architect behind The Shard and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

This exhibition will reveal the vision behind some of his pioneering work by focusing on 16 key buildings -- some of which are still in the making. It will explore how his Building Workshop designs them all 'piece by piece', making use of form, materials and engineering to achieve a poetic elegance. You'll see drawings, models, photographs and full-scale maquettes. There is also a brand-new film by Thomas Riedelsheimer to show how Piano's inspiring architecture is made.

The highlight of the exhibition is an imaginary 'island', a specially designed installation which brings together nearly 100 of Piano's past and future projects.


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