Renzo Piano

Regarding the façade strategy, from Ircam to Saint Giles, Piano offers different proposals for closing the facade with prefabricated panels finished with ceramic pieces. It is interesting to see how these initial concerns and approaches accompany him throughout his career: prefabricating the use of the small-format ceramic pieces.

Renzo Piano gives us several examples of interesting ceramic façades, despite the problems that some of them may have suffered over time.The use of dry ceramics as a facade cladding, and the resort to prefabrication, are aspects that are repeated throughout the career of Piano experiencing different strategies in each project. In the case of the houses of the Rue Meaux, he bets for hang the ceramic from GRC support panels that close the building.

St Giles is one of the latest projects designed by Renzo Piano’s studio with a dry fixed ceramic façade. In this case, they resort to unitized panels for its construction. Despite using the latest façade technologies, St Giles does not show the wit present in IRCAM or at the Rue Meaux dwellings complex.