Architectures: Le Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Copans / 1997

Architectures: Le Centre Georges Pompidou / Richard Copans / 1997


Footnotes

“Renzo says we were the ‘bad boys’ of architecture”, says Rogers. “When President Pompidou looked at the drawings, all he said was “Ça va faire crier” [This is going to make a noise]; but, we moved to Paris for five years, it got built on time and within budget, and it was a big success.” ➡︎

Logic and consistency are not what the building is about. Piano later admitted that it would have been cheaper and more efficient to have put a row of columns down the centre of the building. There would have been no need for enormous trusses and little impact on the design ideals, except that, in Piano’s view, a concession on this point would have put the building on a slippery slope whereby a series of pragmatic decisions would have diluted its spirit to the point where there was nothing left. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Pompidou Centre: A radical with enduring appeal / Jonathan Glancey / BBC / 2014

◼︎ Pompidou Centre: a 70s French radical that’s never gone out of fashion / Rowan Moore / The Observer / 2017


Beaubourg: Four films / Denis Postle / 1980

Beaubourg: Four films / Denis Postle / 1980

Muséiformes Ep. 5: Centre Pompidou, Paris / Vincent Broquaire / 2016

Muséiformes Ep. 5: Centre Pompidou, Paris / Vincent Broquaire / 2016