Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW)
He was born in Genoa in 1937 into a family of builders. He graduated in 1964 from the Polytechnic of Milan. He is among the world best known and active architects i, winner of the Pritzker been delivered by U.S. President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1998. He also won other prestigious awards including: Imperial Award 1995, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2000 and the Sonning Prize in 2008. In 1971, he set up the “Piano & Rogers” office in London together with Richard Rogers, with whom he won the competition for the Centre Pompidou. From the early 1970s to the 1990s he worked with the engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice. In 1981 The “Renzo Piano Building Workshop” was established, with 150 staff and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York. In 1994 he won the international competition for the new Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, inaugurated in 2002. In 2004 he fulfills the Church of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. In 2006 he became the first Italian posted by TIME in the list of 100 most influential people in the world and among the ten most important in the world in the category of art and entertainment. In 2008, after nearly ten years of design and work, it’s inaugurated the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, one of the most sustainable buildings in the world for the high quality of the selected building materials.
Adamson Associates
Adamson Associates
Adamson is a leading architectural practice, offering a full range of architectural, planning, interior and urban design services. Its portfolio encompasses projects in virtually every market sector — commercial; cultural; hotel and residential; justice; colleges and universities; hospitals and healthcare; airports and transportation centres; and large-scale, mixed-use development sites. Established in 1934 in Toronto, Canada by Gordon S. Adamson, during the 1980s the firm extended its reach to the global marketplace. Adamson contributed its skills to such prestigious projects as the World Financial Center in New York; Canary Wharf in London; and Petronas Towers/Kuala Lumpur City Centre in Malaysia. Through work on these complex projects and others, the firm became a respected authority on urban design, architecture and building technology. Today Adamson Associates Architects is an integrated practice that is global in reach with a staff of more than 450 dedicated professionals worldwide working from offices in New York City [AAI Architects, P.C.]; Los Angeles [Adamson Associates, Inc.]; and London, England [Adamson Associates (International) Limited].
Paddington Square

Paddington Square

The centrepiece of the transformation of Paddington

Project Specs

  • Location: London
  • Client: Sellar Property Group
  • Contractor: Mace
  • Consultant: WSP UK
  • Status: ongoing



Paddington Square


Double skin glass unitised curtain wall (integrated solution with venetian blinds in the gap between the two skins)

Horizontal external aluminium solar shading

Stick system facade at lower levels with shaped internal aluminium mullion/fins

Designed by

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) Architects
Adamson Associates Architects

Live Project

This 17-storey mixed use building is designed to float above the ground floor. Facades under the building are set back to maximize the public realm.

When standing in the Piazza in front of the station, you look up and see a square screen of over 50 by 50 meters, expressing the geometry of the cube.
This screen is the double skin facade of the office building to protect the solar screening venetian blinds. This system makes the building highly efficient to both save energy and provide natural daylight to penetrate deep into the office floors.

The building is a cubic volume which provides prime quality working spaces for over of 4000 people and brings valuable employment opportunities to the Paddington area.
Panoramic lifts take the public up to level 17 offering a large terrace and a restaurant providing magnificent 270° views including Hyde Park, the City and virtually all of Westminster.

A large new piazza places the pedestrian experience at heart of the scheme and create an iconic address for the new office building, overlooking the public realm.