Renzo Piano has designed numerous museums and exhibition spaces, including the revolutionary Pompidou Centre in Paris. He also came up with the designs for the New York Times Building, Europe’s tallest skyscraper The Shard, as well as cruise liners, churches and even living spaces for nuns. Piano’s approach is hard to pin down, as he works with many different styles and materials, but functionality is always the centre of his attention. And at the Parkapartments am Belvedere the focus is on enjoying life.
It's all in
„Architecture is a bridge
between earth and sky“
Since 1964 Piano has completed various projects, including urban redevelopment schemes, industrial buildings, large-scale residential developments and exhibition facilities. In the early 1970s he teamed up with British architect Richard Rogers.
The pair produced the groundbreaking design for the Pompidou Centre, which catapulted Piano to international fame. His designs for countless buildings around the world, featuring a wide variety of different constructions and materials, underline his expertise in construction Technology.
Access to and knowledge of various materials form the basis of Piano’s diverse portfolio, with materials and design geared towards conditions at the location and the function and significance of the property.
He was born in 1937 into a family of building contractors, which had a decisive impact on his career. Piano decided at an early age to follow in his father’s footsteps, studying architecture at the universities of Milan and Florence until 1964. He then went on several study trips, immersing himself in various research projects that went on to shape his later work.
„I believe that every building has a different function so it has to look different.“
The elevated towers of the Parkapartments am Belvedere are inspired by and also take their cue from the location: the pillars reflect the trunks of the trees that surround the green space. The Schweizergarten park and the gardens of the Belvedere Palace are mirrored in the struts. The buildings are elevated several metres above street level. Even on the lower floors, the eye is drawn to the treetops, which also provide natural sound insulation.