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Piece by Piece. Inside the Renzo Piano Building Workshop“, an exhibition dedicated to Italian architect Renzo Piano, will take place from July 16 to September 11 at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

Organized with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute and the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the exhibition is composed of 11 tables, each set out with models, photos, and other detailed documentation of 11 projects selected to reflect RPBW’s working process.

New Toronto Courthouse
New Toronto Courthouse

The selection of projects includes the Centre Pompidou (Studio Piano & Rogers, 1977), The California Academy of Sciences (with Stantec, 2008), the London Shard (with Adamson Associates, 2012), the Children’s Hospital in Uganda (with TAMassociati, 2021) and the soon-to-be-completed New Toronto Courthouse (with NORR, 2022).

The New Toronto Courthouse fully embodies Renzo Piano’s style. A glazed building, integrated into the urban fabric, open to the citizens and full of public spaces, with a dedicated focus on indigenous history and the indigenous justice system. The New Toronto Courthouse is the first project in Canada for Renzo Piano.

“Visitors experience a world-tour of sorts that provides impressions of our firm’s DNA,” writes Amaury Greig, associate at RPBW. The exhibition includes drawings, materials, and tools used to bring different projects to life, characterized by a shared connection to the territory and the goal of creating “spaces for people.”

The exhibition in Toronto
The exhibition in Toronto

The opening of the exhibition also featured a screening of the film “Inside Renzo Piano Building Workshop,” a documentary by Francesca Molteni that sheds light on the activities of the firm’s offices in Genoa, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles.

The film covers the daily life in Renzo Piano’s Workshops, including meetings, phone calls, projects to be reviewed, decisions, and second thoughts. Finally, the spectacle of the birth of projects, from the drawing stage to actual construction.