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Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France

Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, architects. 1977

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The "High-tech" Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris revolutionized museum design.
Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France. Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, architects. 1977

Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France. Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, Pritzker Prize-winning architects. 1977

Photo © M. Denancé, courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee
Museums of the past had been elite monuments. In contrast, the Pompidou was designed as a busy center for social activities and cultural exchange.

With support beams, duct work, and other functional elements placed on the exterior of the building, Centre Pompidou in Paris appears to be turned inside out, revealing its inner workings. Centre Pompidou is often cited as a landmark example of High-Tech Architecture.

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