Conversations with Renzo Piano

The first episode in a new documentary series reveals an extensive conversation between the Italian architect and Luis Fernández-Galiano

Titled Daylight and Reality, the documentary takes the form of a six conversations between the pair, starting with an introduction which is then followed by five conversations about Renzo Piano’s completed works that begin a biographical journey. In this exclusive cut for Wallpaper*, Piano talks about lightness and transparency in relation to the Menil Collection Museum – his poetic ruminations ebb from discussions of architecture as public art to the influence of the Mediterranean sea on his work. Commissioned by the Fundación Arquia and produced by White Horse and Barcelona-based Folch, ‘Maestros In Conversation’ will premiere in early 2018.

For more information, visit the Folch website and Fundación Arquia website

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).