20 JUNE 2017 / Renzo Piano and Michael Kimmelman delve into a comprehensive discussion!

Renzo Piano comes to Athens (Tuesday 20/06), on the occasion of the Summer Nostos Festival, for a comprehensive discussion with the New York Times architectural critic, Michael Kimmelman, whose work focuses on urban and public spaces.

The internationally renowned architect, Renzo Piano, talks about his work, philosophy and his inspiration at the Stavros Niarchos Hall of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), a building designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW). The discussion theme “Places for People” places human needs at the epicenter of architectural design. 

What could be more interesting than listening to the architect talk about his work, while being in the building that the architect himself designed? 

The Summer Nostos Festival, organized and exclusively funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), introduces a week of free events for all, from June 18th to June 25th. 

Free admission to the event with priority vouchers which will be distributed one hour prior to the scheduled start time at the Foyer of the Greek National Opera (GNO). 

Architectural exhibition “Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Piece by Piece”

In addition, during the SNFestival, the exhibition "Renzo Piano Building Workshop – Piece by Piece” will be on display, showcasing architectural projects from the last thirty years by the international Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The presentation at the SNFCC is the last stop of the traveling exhibition, which began its journey back in 2013, at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. Previous stops included the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua, in 2014, as part of the International Biennial Architecture and Shanghai, in 2015, where the exhibition was hosted at the Power Station of Art.

The exhibition features 18 tabletop displays of scale models, each dedicated to a different   architectural project, as well as drawings, photographs and video, chronicling the history of different projects by the internationally renowned architectural firm.

The models, like islands, represent a wide range of projects, such as museums, libraries, airports and even private residences, recounting the building design process, starting from the architect’s vision and the project’s conception, all the way to construction.

Renzo Piano, the internationally renowned architect has said about the exhibition: "It is very difficult to successfully exhibit architecture. Nothing can really substitute actually being in the building itself, the feeling of the hybrid texture of a city, the continuous stream of voices that make up the sounds of life. An architectural exhibition can, however, clearly transmit something of the complex and shared process through which the buildings we design are conceived, constructed and then inhabited. … I like to think of this exhibition like a journey through space.”

Architectural Firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop was established in 1981. Currently, 130 architecture and engineering experts work with the Italian architect in his practices in Paris, Genoa and New York. In collaboration with them, Renzo Piano has developed some of the most unmistakable landmark projects worldwide, including the Kansai International Airport Terminal Building in Osaka, the Beyeler Foundation Museum in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center in New Caledonia, the Parco della Musica Auditorium in Rome, the Morgan Library in New York, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, USA, the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, the New Whitney Museum in New York and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.