Sep 8, 2009


High-tech buildings are often called machine-like. Steel, aluminium, and glass combine with brightly colored braces, girders, and beams. Many of the building parts are prefabricated in a factory and assembled later. The support beams, duct work, and other functional elements are placed on the exterior of the building, where they become the focus of attention. The interior spaces are open and adaptable for many uses. With support beams, duct work, and other functional elements placed on the exterior of the building, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris appears to be turned inside out, revealing its inner workings. Centre Georges Pompidou is often cited as a landmark example of High-Tech Architecture.


Located in the Beaubourg area of the 4th arrondissement of Paris, near Les Halles, rue Montorgueil and the Marais, constructed 1971–1977, designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the British architect couple Richard Rogers and Su Rogers, Gianfranco Franchini, the British structural engineer Edmund Happold , and Irish structural engineer Peter Rice. There are the Bibliothèque publique d'information, a public library, the Musée National d'Art Moderne, and IRCAM, a centre for music and acoustic research.




Come to the Place Georges Pompidou in front of the museum, you can see the present of street performers, such as mimes and jugglers.



Station on Paris metro : Châtelet