CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU
1971 – 1977, PARIS, FRANCE
An immediate architectural icon of Paris – the Centre national d’art et de culture Georges-Pompidou (Centre Pompidou, or Beaubourg) – is a vast multidisciplinary structure, a culture factory that preserves and exhibits important modern art collections. It is a place where the many strands of contemporary culture intertwine: art, design, literature, music and cinema. The centre is like a huge spaceship made of glass, steel and coloured tubing that landed unexpectedly in the heart of Paris, and where it would very quickly set deep roots.