COPENHAGEN.- The Sonning Prize, which is Denmarks largest cultural award in the order of DKK 1 million, is given every other year by the University of Copenhagen for commendable work that benefits European culture.
As an architect, Renzo Piano has left his intriguing marks around the world. His architecture can be seen as an unerring, remarkable and quite extraordinary synthesis of the fine and rare blend of art, architecture and engineering as the recommendation of Renzo Piano reads.
This is evident in his work that includes many prominent landmarks in Europes big cities such as the revolutionary Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the master plan for Potsdammer Platz in Berlin, the Paul Klee Museum in Bern, the music auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome and in one of his most recent works, the Shard skyscraper in London.
The recommendation of Renzo Piano further states:
While his work embraces the idiom, the materials and the latest technological competence of this era, he is clearly a European with deep roots in classical Italian tradition, architectural history and philosophy. His intellectual curiosity and problem solving techniques can be recognized in elegantly expressed structures and constructions. But his belief in the social aspects of architecture and humanitarian ideals makes him to the same extent intensely engaged in planning housing areas as well as scenery and sustainability.
The 70 year old Renzo Piano was born in Genoa (Genova), Italy, where he still lives and has his drawing office; the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The companys website takes the visitor on a photographical journey to some of Renzo Pianos exceptional works e.g. the New York Times building in New York.
The Sonning Prize is presented Wednesday 1 October 2008 in the Ceremonial Hall at University of Copenhagen.