AIArchitect article explains why Renzo Piano’s first U.S. project has won this award for a building that exhibits consistent excellence in function and design over time.
The Menil Collection, in Houston, was selected for the 2013 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. As Renzo Piano’s, Hon. FAIA, first American project, this modest neighborhood museum set a new precedent in museum architecture and propelled Piano into his current status as one of the world’s most trusted designers of cultural buildings. With the Menil, Piano has carried forth the Southern European Renaissance tradition of handcrafted technological humanism into another century, and brought the world a transcendent space for viewing art that places the collection, and its presentation in perfectly realized natural light, above all else.