March 24, 2010
Video: Centre Georges Pompidou - by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers
The Centre Georges Pompidou is a magnet within the city of Paris. It draws people to it, leading them to gape at it's complex facade, mesmerized by the flowing colored ducts and white structural elements completely exposed for the world to see. It also was a revolution in the design world at the time, throwing aside post modernism for new style yet to be defined. For the two architects, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, it kick started their careers, vaulting them to the top of the architectural spotlight. Each has gone on to an incredible career building some of the most memorable and important buildings of the past couple of decades. I recently visited Paris for the first time and was amazed by the building, captivated within the structure at both the art and architecture. It was also surprising how dominating of the surrounding buildings it is. Looking down from the Sacre Coeur Basilica you see this alien ship rising high above the neighborhood - beautiful in a way yet somewhat shocking for a city with such historic architecture.