The Pompidou Centre, one of Paris’s top cultural attractions and home to Europe’s biggest modern art collection, is to close from 2023 for four years of renovations, France’s culture minister has said.
Designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the Pompidou Centre opened in 1977 and is showing visible signs of ageing.
“There were two options,” culture minister Roselyne Bachelot told the Figaro newspaper on Monday. “One involved renovating the centre while keeping it open, the other was closing it completely.
“I chose the second because it should be shorter and a little bit less expensive,” she said.
The building’s radical design pushes almost all its structural and mechanical elements to the exterior, freeing up vast exhibition spaces on the inside.
A maze of blue airconditioning conduits, green water pipes, yellow electrical casings and red elevators are on display outside.
Ah, no, the justification at the time was that the services infrastructure – all that piping – had a shorter lifespan than the building. Thus put it on the outside where it could be repaired/replaced without having to shut down the building….