Renzo Piano, OMRI, OMCA is an Italian architect and engineer who resides in Paris. His architectural practice is known as Piano Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPW) was established in 1981 and in 2017 it had one hundred fifty collaborators in offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. His many notable buildings include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
His awards and honours include the Pritzker Architecture Prize 1998, RIBA Gold Medal, Sonning Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize.
The Centro Botín is scheduled to open in June this year and comprises a 10,285 square metre gallery in Santander, Spain.
The 10,285-square-metre gallery is split across two D-shaped blocks joined by an elevated walkway which cantilevers over the sea.
The blocks outer walls are sheathed with 270,000 ceramic plates with huge curving windows set into their ends providing views either to the gardens or water.