If you live in Paris, or in fact have even spent any amount of time there, more than the average tourist, then there’s a good chance that you have very strong opinions on The Pompidou Centre (Centre Georges Pompidou), that marvelous arts, cultural, library and museum center all wrapped up in to one that looks like some phantasmagorical machine on acid. Love it or hate it, it’s a piece of architectural history in the heart of the Eternal City. Designed and built by Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers and Gianfranco Franchini from 1971 to 1977 its something to behold. To drive the point home, two quotes, National Geographic described the reaction to the design as “love at second sight.” And a further article in Le Figaro declared “Paris has its own monster, just like the one in Loch Ness.” – That’s pretty much how people feel about it.
However, despite the mixed reviews the Pompidou Centre remains iconic within the architectural and design community. It represents the moment where modern became post-modern. Where technology was exposed and celebrated rather than hidden away. A statement and hopeful expression, or critique of tomorrow.