The Architecture of Pompidou Metz: An Excerpt from “The Architecture of Art Museums – A Decade of Design: 2000 – 2010″
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.
Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger 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
Photographs: Sergio Grazia
Architects: ADE architectes – David Elalouf & Guillaume Prognon
Location: 10 Rue de Colmar, 75019 Paris, France
Architects In Charge: David Elalouf, Guillaume Prognon
Architects Team : David Elalouf, Guillaume Prognon, Guillaume Pelé, Damien Caron, Caroline Weill
Area: 7080.0 sqm
Photographs: Pauline Turmel, Courtesy of ADE Architectes