Situated in Paris’ 4th arrondissement, Centre Pompidou stands prominently in the city centre. Designed by an international team of architects and structural engineers, Centre Pompidou is an example of high-tech architecture. Located in the Beaubourg area of Paris, Centre Pompidou is locally referred to as the ‘Beaubourg’. The centre takes its official name from the President of France, Georges Pompidou, who initiated its inception and who held his position for 1969 to 1974. Centre Pompidou stands near Les Halles and the Marais and houses a public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Bibliothèque publique d’information. Some of the art movements represented in the museum include Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. The museum has a total of 50,000 works of art which include various paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs. There are close to two thousand items on public display there.
The building structure of the Centre Pompidou is very distinctive and has been described by critics as ‘an oil refinery in the centre of the city’. The coloured external piping is one of the especially notable features of this building. The air conditioning ducts are painted blue and the water pipes are colored in green. The construction of the building is very transparent as the steel beams that make up the Pompidou Centre's framework are on the outside. The intention of the architects was to place all the service elements outside the building's framework and thereby turn the building ‘inside out’. The area immediately outside of Centre Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, is known for its street performers that entertain the gathered throngs, especially on warmer days. Miniature carnivals sometimes feature on the square, providing a variety of entertainment and activity.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Open hours: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phone: +33 1 44 78 12 33
Architects: Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Peter Rice, Mike Davies
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