July 16 – October 2, 2022

Piece by Piece

Inside the Renzo Piano Building Workshop


In partnership with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Toronto.

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Photo by Brian Medina


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 is 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.


Gallery 235

(Formerly Artport Gallery)

Wednesdays to Sundays 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