ZOOMORPHIC
Piano & Fitzgerald Architects

Name of project
The Menil Collection Museum

Location
Houston,

Texas
Country
USA
Dates
1982 - 1987
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The Menil Collection Museum, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, incorporates many elegant details. The roof is spanned by a system of triangular trusses (running back to front in this picture) and vertical trusses (side to side). These support rows of curved concrete baffles, designed
to admit only diffuse light.

Working with the engineer Peter Rice, Piano
moulded the steel castings that make up each truss into bone-like shapes. This further reduced the overall weight without loss of strength.