Spirit of adventure and creative genius: Renzo Piano can be described with these few words. Indeed the architect owes much to the experience gained around the world during his life. His buildings and his projects carries an international approach which originates from the urge to explore and create always something innovative, something in contrast to all the other stuff.
Beauborg in Paris, Beyeler Center in Basel and New York Times Building. All buildings that create and keep a special relationship with cities that “receiving” them, even if sometimes they break the architectural pattern and give rise to critics from public opinion. Each one of these is a little change in the essence of the city and they are charged with becoming meeting areas. Because “architecture brings changes, transformation. It’s impossible to make architecture with the approval rating: we can make only with truth and the truth is to shape the change” (“Giornale di bordo”, 1997).
Nothing was the same. Urban centres, as well as suburbs, adapt to these new construction. Works, but not construction, because looking at them arouse emotion. Pick up the harmony and the lightness of forms knocks everyone out. “Construction” is only a technical elements, an assembly which refers to the factory floor. The concept of “work”, instead, is shaped around an intellectual and artistic project.
Renzo Piano for a sustainable architecture
Another important aspect about Renzo Piano’s way of working is the sustainability. A sustainable architecture that doesn’t bend the environment to their own purpose, but it’s able to change the territory and make it comfortable. A way of working that seek always something new but without forgetting to respect what went before. “Understanding the nature, respecting flora and fauna, placing properly buildings and installations, exploiting light and wind” (“Giornale di bordo”, 1997): that’s the thought that drives Renzo Piano in the completion of his own projects.
Environment and nature are our past, our present but above all our future. Our hope for a future that sometimes seems to bring only shadows. And an “opera” must be able to realize this connection. We need sensibility to save our planet: nothing better than a process that take inspiration from nature and – in fully harmony – to nature going back. And Renzo Piano’s architecture is an example. Hard and disruptive. Outside the lines but extremely effective and significant.