The Pompidou Centre arrived on the Parisian cultural stage 40 years ago and mouths have been agape ever since. You either love it or hate the “inside out” building.
For its anniversary, Pompidou is about to get a very expensive facelift. Kim Willshire writes for the Guardian
The anniversary is to be celebrated with preparations for a two-year facelift expected to cost at least €100m. But architectural traditionalists hoping for a more sober, conventional look will be disappointed. According to plans disclosed to the Observer, the refurbished building, once described as resembling an oil refinery, will look just as inside-out as ever.
You might be surprised how the design came about
Piano and Rogers, young and unknown in 1977, intentionally created something extraordinary on the assumption that they stood no chance of winning a building design competition that had attracted more than 600 international entries.
The design reflects a peculiar sort of French cultural militancy. And as such, it deserves is central spot, don’t you think?