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Pompidou Centre (Centre Pompidou)
has unique architecture. Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Gianfranco Franchini are responsible for this functional design which enabled them to create huge uncluttered space inside by moving all the service sections outside of the building –elevators, stairs, water and air ducts, escalators are all outside.
The architect’s goal was to show the public how a building functions and color-coded the different areas – the air pipes are blue, the water pipes are green, the escalators are red, the electricity is yellow.
This modern approach was met with reluctance by the Parisians but after its opening in 1977 became a great success and today is one of the most visited attractions in Paris
Centre Pompidou houses Museum of Modern Art (Musee National d’Art Moderne
) on the top 2 floors and library, bookshop and movie theater.
The Library has an impressive collection of 450,000 books. The panoramic terrace offers remarkable views over Paris – the Eiffel tower
, La Defence
, and Montmartre
can all be seen from here.
The Museum has an impressive collection of over 59,000 modern art works from the Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism, Dadaism schools, featuring artists like Derain, Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Kandinsky, Miró and covering a period from 1905 to date.
Where is Centre Pompidou
: Place Georges Pompidou, arrondissement 4, Beaubourg and Les Halles
How to get to Centre Pompidou
: By Metro line 11 to Rambuteau station; RER A, B, D to Châtelet-Les Halles station and line 1 and 11 to Hôtel de Ville station
: Daily from 11AM to 9PM. Tuesday is closed
For more information on current events visit the Pompidou Centre web site
George Pompidou Square / Place Georges Pompidou, Paris
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