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AV Monografías 119

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Building Workshop 1990-2006
V-VI 2006

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Luis Fernández-Galiano
Un navegante solitario A Lone Sailor

Peter Buchanan
El artesano moderno The Modern Craftsman



Un periplo oceánico 
An Ocean Journey

Aeropuerto de Kansai, 1988-1994, Osaka (Japón) 
Kansai International Airport Terminal, 1988-1994, Osaka (Japan)
Centro Cultural Jean Marie Tjibaou, 1991-1998, Nouméa (Nueva Caledonia) 
Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center, 1991-1998, Nouméa (New Caledonia)
Iglesia de peregrinación Padre Pío, 1991-2004, San Giovanni Rotondo (Italia)
Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, 1991-2004, San Giovanni Rotondo (Italy)
Museo de la Fundación Beyeler, 1992-1997, Riehen (Suiza) 
Beyeler Foundation Museum, 1992-1997, Riehen (Switzerland)
Auditorio Parco della Musica, 1994-2002, Roma (Italia) 
Parco della Musica Auditorium, 1994-2002, Rome (Italy)
Oficinas y viviendas Aurora Place, 1996-2000, Sidney (Australia)
Aurora Place Office Tower and Residential Building, 1996-2000, Sydney (Australia)
Maison Hermès, 1998-2001, Tokio (Japón)
Maison Hermès, 1998-2001, Tokyo (Japan)
Centro de Escultura Nasher, 1999-2003, Dallas (Estados Unidos)
Nasher Sculpture Center, 1999-2003, Dallas (United States)
Zentrum Paul Klee, 1999-2005, Berna (Suiza)
Zentrum Paul Klee, 1999-2005, Bern (Switzerland)
Centro comercial Peek & Cloppenburg, 1999-2005, Colonia (Alemania) 
Peek & Cloppenburg Department Store, 1999-2005, Cologne (Germany)
Ampliación del High Museum of Art, 1999-2005, Atlanta (Estados Unidos) 
High Museum of Art Expansion, 1999-2005, Atlanta (United States)
Ampliación de la Biblioteca Morgan, 2000-2006, Nueva York (Estados Unidos) 
Morgan Library Expansion, 2000-2006, New York (United States)

Proyectos de habla inglesa
English-speaking Projects

Torre London Bridge, 2000-2010, Londres (Reino Unido) 
London Bridge Tower, 2000-2010, London (United Kingdom)
Edificio New York Times, 2000-2007, Nueva York (Estados Unidos) 
The New York Times Building, 2000-2007, New York (United States)
Ampliación del Instituto de Arte de Chicago, 1999-2009, Chicago (Estados Unidos) 
Art Institute of Chicago Expansion, 1999-2009, Chicago (United States)
Nueva sede de la Academia de Ciencias, 2000-2008, San Francisco (Estados Unidos) 
New California Academy of Sciences, 2000-2008, San Francisco (United States)
Ampliación del LACMA, 2003-2007, Los Ángeles (Estados Unidos) 
LACMA Expansion, 2003-2007, Los Angeles (United States)
Nuevo campus de la Universidad de Columbia, 2002, Nueva York (Estados Unidos) 
Columbia University Campus Plan, 2002, New York (United States)

Kenneth Frampton 
Un diálogo en Nueva York A Dialogue in New York


Luis Fernández-Galiano

A Lone Sailor

Close to turning seventy, Renzo Piano sails the world’s seas with the courage of a lone sailor. After building on four continents, the Genoese keeps on facing each journey as one of discovery, in which the skillful use of rigging, the mastery in reading the winds and the steadiness in the course do not exclude surprising finds. In the almost domestic and artisanal atmosphere of the Building Workshop of Punta Nave, overlooking the sea of Liguria, the boat captain and his team study the tools at hand, the environmental conditions and the purpose of the trip, but this unique combination of technique, context and program suggests only which direction to take, and the final itinerary is decided en route, turning each journey and every project into a genuine exercise of inventiveness and risk.

While the architect’s concern for articulation and assembly comes from his background as a builder and carpenter, the pursuit of innovation and experiment is a result of the agitated context of his younger years and the engineering flavor of his first references, from the close Prouvé or the faraway Fuller to the fraternal collaboration with Peter Rice. In the end, each building is an idea and a detail: even if the projects are grouped by family, or their sequence reveals genealogical lines, each work has a recognizable profile, summed up in a luminous concept and an element of exquisite design. The happy machine of the Pompidou is abridged in the muscular gerberettes as the laconic Beyeler in the delicate leaves of the roof or the silent extension of Atlanta in the skylight peaks.

This magazine published its first monograph on a contemporary author in 1990 – until then only issues devoted to Mies and Le Corbusier, coinciding with their centenaries, had appeared – and Piano was chosen for this maiden issue, which reviewed his career since the foundation of the Building Workshop in 1981: a career that, after the initial echoes of Piano’s association with Richard Rogers and the impact of their Paris museum, started with his relationship with Dominique de Menil and the extraordinary work of Houston, and went up to the completion of the Bari stadium, the most beautiful of those built for the World Cup held in Italy the year of the monograph, which ended with the project for Kansai airport, a colossal commission won in competition by Piano a few months earlier.

Sixteen years later, AV resumes the chronicle of the Genoese master’s exploration journey, and the logbook starts necessarily on the Japanese coast with the heroic curves of the airport, continues with the monumental huts of the Southern Seas and the full blown sails that greet the Utzon of Sydney, and wraps up a detailed tour through Europe to finally land in America, where – in the wake of the success of the Menil and the 1998 Pritzker Prize – he is now completing an extraordinary series of constructive and spatial finds: from the return to Texas in 1999 to collaborate with another exceptional client, Raymond Nasher, and up to the colonization of the cultural territory that extends between the Atlantic and the Pacific with a network of exact precincts that testify to the singular fortune of this oceanic adventure.

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