Fondazione Renzo Piano – Field trip

Written by: Prof. Andrea Parigi, Prof. Giovanna Mattera & Prof. Alberto Morselli





On April 17, LdM organized a field trip to the “Fondazione Renzo Piano” in Genoa, a place where students of architecture from different countries can have a direct experience of how a studio of an international level manages the development of a project, through seminars of architects directly involved in the design team and by viewing drawings and models. The “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” is situated directly above the foundation, but is not open to the public.

Following a brief introduction on the Foundation by Giovanna Giusto, Architect Olaf De Noyeer gave us a lecture about a remarkable museum where he had worked as a project architect for 8 years: the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. This building, designed between 2000 and 2008, achieved international fame due to the reward it received from LEED, becoming the first Platinum Certified museum worldwide. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an American certification by the Green Building Council, meant to establish the sustainability of buildings. Among the many sustainable features are a green roof with 9 selected local spices that don’t require any irrigation and 60.000 photo voltaic roof cells producing 213.000 kWh, while insulation was achieved with recycled blue jeans coming from the local Levi’s factory. The building, substituting the previous academy destroyed by an earthquake, reused 100% of the demolition materials.

After the lecture we had a tour in “Porto Antico”, the ancient harbour of Genoa, where RPBW realized a vast project with various interesting buildings.