"Centre Pompidou" Le Centre Pompidou Tip by Pieter11
Le Centre Pompidou, Paris: 137 reviews and 245 photos
Centre d?Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou is the official name of this very extraordinaire building in the centre of Paris. It´s situated at less then 1 km from the Louvre and the Notre Dame, at the edge of a medieval quarter. In the sixties, this quarter was going down. Poverty and criminality became a problem here. To solve this problem an cultural and commercial impulse was given by the city of Paris.
First the Forum les Halles was improved to take care of the commercial impulse. Later the plan of the Centre Pompidou was made.
The building was designed by the Italian architects Gian Franco Franchini and Renzo Piano, and Richard Rogers from Engeland. The building is completely made of steel and galss, because the architects thought the beauty of construction was nothing to be ashamed of. Together with the colours (for every item in the construction a different colour) it´s a big difference with the rest a the quarter.
The Centre Pompidou immediately was a point of discussion among the people of Paris. President Georges Pompidou liked modern architecture, but a lot of others liked it absolutely not. Today the building is accepted and is an important tourist attraction.
At the 4th floor there is an exhibition area for modern art, like Matisse, Picasso, Mondriaan, Dali, Arman Christo and Warhol. The 3th floor has a collection of art from the period 1965 - 1985. At the topfloor the is a restaurant that provides you a magnificent view of Paris.
Address: Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Directions: Metro: Les Halles, line 4.
RER: Chateles Les Halles, Line A
Phone: +33 1 44 78 12 33
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