The Architecture of Pompidou Metz: An Excerpt from "The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010"

01:00 - 18 May, 2014
© Didier Boy De La Tour
© Didier Boy De La Tour

In honor of International Museum Day, we're taking a look back at the 21st century's most exciting museums. The following is an excerpt from the recently released book, The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010 (Routledge) by Ronnie Self, a Houston-based architect. Each chapter of the book provides technical, comprehensive coverage of a particular influential art museum. In total, eighteen of the most important art museums of the early twenty-first century - including works from Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Steven Holl, and many other high-profile architects - are explored. The following is a condensed version of the chapter detailing Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines' 2010 classic, Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The Pompidou Center – Metz was a first experiment in French cultural decentralization. In the late 1990’s, with the prospect of closing Piano and Roger’s building in Paris for renovations, the question arose of how to maintain some of the 60,000 works in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art available for public viewing. A concept of “hors les murs” or “beyond the walls” was developed to exhibit works in other French cities. The temporary closing of the Pompidou Center – Paris spurred reflections on ways to present the national collection to a wider audience in general. Eventually a second Pompidou Center in another French city was imagined.

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Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

01:00 - 16 May, 2014
Antony-Multisports Complex / Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture, Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture
Courtesy of Archi5 associated with Tecnova architecture

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Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects

01:00 - 15 May, 2014
Social Housing Rental "Le Bois Habité" / Pich-Aguilera Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau
  • Architects

  • Location

    12 Boulevard de Cleunay, 35000 Rennes, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Felipe Pich-Aguilera, David Cras, Teresa Batlle
  • Project Manager

    Margherita Aricó
  • Specialists

    Betom Bureau d’etude. Capterre, Consultoría energética
  • Area

    9685.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

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Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Viviendas en Toulouse / Mateo Arquitectura, © Adrià Goula
© Adrià Goula
  • Architects

  • Location

    Toulouse, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Josep Lluís Mateo
  • Area

    13628.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Lille Offices / LAN Architecture

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Lille Offices / LAN Architecture, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Euralille, Boulevard de Turin, 59777 Lille, France
  • Area

    3486.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Sereine / SEPTEMBRE

01:00 - 12 May, 2014
Sereine / SEPTEMBRE, © Linus Ricard
© Linus Ricard
  • Architects

  • Location

    Loire, France
  • Project Manager

    Lina Lagerstrom
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Nursery School / MDR

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Nursery School  / MDR, © Mathieu Ducros
© Mathieu Ducros
  • Architects

  • Location

    Baillargues, France
  • Area

    2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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Theater in Montreuil / Dominique Coulon et associés

01:00 - 9 May, 2014
Theater in Montreuil / Dominique Coulon et associés, © Martin Argyroglo
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Herold - 100 Social Housing / Jakob + MacFarlane

01:00 - 8 May, 2014
Herold - 100 Social Housing  / Jakob + MacFarlane, © Nicolas Borel
© Nicolas Borel

In the context of the reconversion of the ancient site of the hospital Hérold, conceived by Philippe Madec in Paris 19th arrondissement, Jakob + MacFarlane establish/design three mineral forms standing free on a kind of slope triangular island planted with some trees. These three forms, grow like roots on portions of the territory that have been freed by the constraints of the site : protected trees, the ancient existing wall of the beltway, the size and prospect, the not buildable surfaces or the difference in height. Their shapes are at the same time the result of these constraints and a matrix structure generated by an irregular grid on the floor.

La Grenouillère / Eva Samuel Architecte & Associés

01:00 - 6 May, 2014
La Grenouillère / Eva Samuel Architecte & Associés, © Clément Guillaume
© Clément Guillaume

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Lucie Aubrac School / Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Lucie Aubrac School / Saison Menu Architectes Urbanistes, © Julien Lanoo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Roubaix, France
  • Architect in Charge

    PassivHaus Conso Less than 15 KWHep / m² shon / year
  • Architect

    Mathieu Martin
  • Area

    3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN

01:00 - 5 May, 2014
Renovated Parisian flat / JKLN, Courtesy of JKLN
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Jasmine Kenniche Le Nouëne Feat. Gaël Le Nouëne
  • Construction

    ASI
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of JKLN

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241 Sports Center Hector Berlioz / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
241 Sports Center Hector Berlioz / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects
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  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Bis Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, France
  • Project Team Leader Planning

    José Luis Fuentes
  • Team Competition

    Richard Würtz, Manuela Certan, Jennifer Goletz, Magdalena Zogorska
  • Team Planning And Site

    Pablo Valdivia
  • Area

    13256.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

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Villa Chiberta / Atelier Delphine Carrere

00:00 - 28 April, 2014
Villa Chiberta / Atelier Delphine Carrere, © Antoine Huot
© Antoine Huot

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Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes

01:00 - 24 April, 2014
Pontivy Media Library / Opus 5 architectes, © Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly

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Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence Entension / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects

01:00 - 23 April, 2014
Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence Entension / Dietmar Feichtinger Architects, © Sergio Grazia
© Sergio Grazia
  • Architects

  • Location

    29 Avenue Robert Schuman, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Project Leader

    José Luis Fuentes, Peter Mitterer
  • Planning Team

    Ralitsa Kafova, Sabine Kopp, Zuzana Janouskova , Katja Pargger, Stephan Schwarz, Arne Speiser
  • Area

    9160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

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Residence Alice Guy / ADE architectes - David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon

01:00 - 21 April, 2014
Residence Alice Guy / ADE architectes - David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon, © Pauline Turmel
© Pauline Turmel

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Strasbourg School of Architecture / Marc Mimram

01:00 - 19 April, 2014
© Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo
  • Architects

  • Location

    4 Boulevard du Président Wilson, 67000 Strasbourg, France
  • Area

    4500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

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