Renzo Watch


    < New York Times Tower, NYC.


    As we watch Renzo's Modern Wing go up at the Art Institute, Philip Nobel writes in Metropolis of the architect's latest work in New York:

    "How, after all, does one make the necessary skin and bones of a building—already so busy meeting the needs of climate and gravity, function and budget—combine to create a palpable effect that will reliably communicate something as dimly understood as a feeling? An aspect? An idea? The triumph of Piano’s new Times tower is that he pulled off that neat, rare trick: he gave it an appropriate reading, specific to the nature of its tenant, without recourse to symbols of any sort."

    Read the full article here.

    Nobel compares Renzo Piano to Frank Gehry, who had designed a tower for the Times on the same site. We'll be able to compare them too in some ways, when Piano's Modern Wing opens across Millennium Park from Gehry's great bandshell.

    best,
    -Edwardo



    Photo: Michel Denancé - Metropolis Magazine
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