Prefabricating the use of the small-format ceramic piece (074)

From Ircam to Saint Giles, Piano offers a range of proposals for closing the façade 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 small-format ceramic pieces.

The Ircam façade is one of the most fascinating, due to its simplicity and cleverness. The young Renzo Piano, who perhaps did not have all resources within his reach, had to sharpen his wit. Having more means does not imply better architecture, simply more complex and expensive buildings.

One of the images below reveals Terreal’s lack of interest in the proposal at the time. Now we consider it to be an architectural masterpiece. Terreal mentions the solution in the catalogue in one corner of the page. An image and a text is included: “Les mulots perforés peuvent aussi être utilizes sur support métallique suivant l’inspirationdes architects (IRCAM, cabinet Renzo Piano).”


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1 Place Igor Stravinsky
75004 París
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