July 16 – September 11, 2022

Piece by Piece

Inside the Renzo Piano Building Workshop


In partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto.

The Shard, London

The Shard, London. © Chris Martin / Axiom

Event Info At A Glance

Price Overview: Free

Venue Overview: Artport Gallery


This exhibition comprises 11 projects designed to reflect RPBWs’ working process. The selected works present the diversity in geography and time of the architectural production. Visitors experience a world-tour of sorts that provides impressions of the firms’ DNA, connecting vastly different projects by a design approach that driven by the specific context of each site, and by a fundamental objective of designing “places for people”.

As a world class architecture firm, the Building Workshop’s work is also motivated by careful consideration of the construction process. It is a method that places importance on how the architecture is created at the forefront, from the very beginning of each project being designed “piece by piece”.

The exhibition provides a glimpse of this collective cross-disciplinary process that exists within the workshop. The selection of projects includes the Centre Pompidou (1977), The California Academy of Sciences (2008), the London “Shard” (2012), the Emergency – Children’s Hospital in Uganda (2021) and the soon to be completed New Toronto Courthouse.

Co-presented by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Consulate General of Italy – Cultural Section and Harbourfront Centre.


Artport Gallery

Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

Large gallery located in the middle of the main building. Doors will remain open during gallery hours.

Wheelchair Accessible

235 Queens Quay W

Toronto, ON, M5J 2G8

Keywords Public Art