By Abby Goodnough
Mr. Piano is ubiquitous in the world of museum expansion, and his reputation for inventive but subtle designs made him a better match for the Gardner and its mandate than a bold fantasist like Frank Gehry or Zaha Hadid. His design calls for a new building just behind the museum that is slightly larger but no taller than the main building.
By Jed Perl
Renzo Piano’s latest success, his freestanding addition to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, is a perfect jewel-box of a building. Although Mrs. Gardner died nearly 90 years ago and had made it abundantly clear that she did not want her museum to be changed in any way, Piano’s magnificent new work can only be explained as a heartfelt response to a brilliant client—or at least the ghost of a brilliant client.