Kansai International Airport

  • Osaka

  • 1990

Kansai Airport was opened in 1990 and already in 2001 he was listed among the ten structures considered by the American Society of Civil Engineers "Monument of the Millennium "

Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the building of Kansai International Airport was a huge challenge. It is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay and is designed to accommodate the traffic of one of the busiest air routes in Japan at the same time serving the three major cities in the Kansai region: Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto. The terminal, whose design has been the subject of an international competition, was built in about 38 months to almost 10,000 workers. The main innovation offered by the project resides in the shape. From a view in cross-section, the roof is an arc imperfect and undulating consisting of a series of arcs of different shape and dimension.


  • Partitions and internal glazing

  • Aluminium casting mullions


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