French President Georges Pompidou dreamt of an unlimited cultural centre – a museum and an artwork faculty comprising plastic arts and music, cinema, books and audiovisual analysis. In 1969 architects from 49 international locations participated in an architectural design competitors. 680 tasks have been offered. The competition was received by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and the British architect couple Richard Rogers and Sue Rogers. Works to assemble the centre took 5 years and completed in 1977.
“The European home of tradition”, “the creative cathedral”, “the cultural grocery store”, “an eclectostation”, “Pompidoulium” – there are various phrases the French press referred to as the brand new heart with. An uncommon development symbolized the aim of the centre – tradition “mass manufacturing” and spreading.
In distinction to the standard structure one can see on the IV arrondissement, the constructing impresses with its avant-garde varieties and scales. Its 42 meters excessive, 166 meters lengthy and 60 meters extensive. It has eight flooring, together with three underground ones. To depart some area contained in the constructing, all of the communication methods have been positioned outdoors. This seems fabulous: blue, inexperienced and yellow tubes, every with a unique perform.
Centre Georges Pompidou, or just Beaubourg because the locals name it, is among the most visited metropolis sights. The constructing homes a public library, the Musée Nationwide d’Artwork Moderne, IRCAM – the centre for music and acoustic analysis headed by Pierre Boulez, a library and artwork faculties for kids, cinema and convention halls. The constructing was renovated in 1999-2000.
Musée Nationwide d’Artwork Moderne, or the Nationwide Museum for Trendy Arts, shows an unlimited assortment of recent arts from 1905 to current days: work, sculpture, structure, design, pictures. There are works by the nice masters of the 20th century (Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Miró, Giacometti).
Bibliothèque publique d’data is the most important library in France. It occupies the third and the second flooring of the centre. 2 million books, language laboratories, audiovisual tools, newspapers and magazines from completely different world international locations.
The principle entrance to the centre is positioned on the Place Georges Pompidou. The facade of the constructing is traversed with a large glass escalator, which brings you to the higher floor the place in order that you possibly can get pleasure from splendid views over Paris: Saint-Jacques Tower, tower of the Notre Dame.. and on the opposite facet there are Montmartre and Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.
The sq. in entrance of the centre is occupied by avenue actors, musicians and acrobats, identical to within the medieval instances. The arrondissement accommodates plenty of artwork galleries, cosy eating places and memento outlets additionally promoting picture albums, postcards and CDs.
North from the Centre Georges Pompidou there’s the Quartier de l’Horloge (Clock Quarter) – a pedestrian space with quite a few artwork and handicrafts outlets. The main target of the Quartier is the enormous clock which exhibits a soldier battling a dragon and different legendary animals.