Designed by those architectural wizz-kids Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in the heady days of 1977 the Pompidou Centre of modern art has somehow stood the test of time without losing any of its eccentricity.
The revolutionary thinking that put the building services on the outside, the external transparent elevator and the air-vents that erupt out of the ground like the tentacle of a submerged submarine are as weird as they ever were. Perhaps it’s no surprise that this iconic building was never copied, a trend, it ain’t.
Three reasons to hit the Pompidou (as if you needed them): the permanent modern art collection is brilliant – always challenging, moving, amusing, and provocative. The view of Paris from the top floor, ideally enjoyed over a glass of rose at the spectacular George’s cafe, is second to none. If you’re looking for a ‘Hey isn’t Paris so cute and beautiful?’ moment, you’ll find it here. (Especially if you hit the rosé around sunset.) Finally, glass elevators/tentacle-like air vents as already mentioned.
Video credit: Centre Pompidou animation by architecture student Connor Mackenzie.
19 Rue Beaubourg,
75004 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 78 47 99
Open daily 11am–10pm. Closed on Tuesday and some public holidays. Tip: you can skip the heinous ticket queue by buying on line or from the little ticket machines on the entry floor.