Unitized ceramic facade, by Renzo Piano in London (011)

St Giles is one of the latest projects designed by Renzo Piano’s studio with a dry fixed ceramic façade. In this case, they resort to unitized panels for its construction. Despite using the latest façade technologies, St Giles does not show the wit present in IRCAM or at the Rue Meaux dwellings complex. Possibly in St Giles Piano has achieved to do what he aspired to in these initial projects: closing the building with prefabricated dry fixed ceramic panels; however in this evolution, wit seems to have been replaced by technology, and its associated cost. The undergoing Botin Foundation in Santander leads us to the same conclusion.


Central Saint Giles

St Giles High St
United Kingdom

Year of construction
Weight of the entire facade
Finishing material
Supporting element

Cristina Pardal
Ph2 general view: Michel Denancé 
Ph4 detail of the cladding: Maurits Van der Staay RPBW
Ph8 building sequence: Molter Philippe RPBW

Authorship of the graphical documentation