Photographer's Note

Centre Pompidou - what an exciting building and a challenge to photograph at 0 degrees!

The Centre was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, the British architect couple Richard Rogers and Su Rogers, Gianfranco Franchini, the British structural engineer Edmund Happold (who would later found Buro Happold), and Irish structural engineer Peter Rice. The project was awarded to this team in an architectural design competition, whose results were announced in 1971. Reporting on Rogers' winning the Pritzker Prize in 2007, The New York Times noted that the design of the Centre "turned the architecture world upside down" and that "Mr. Rogers earned a reputation as a high-tech iconoclast with the completion of the 1977 Pompidou Centre, with its exposed skeleton of brightly colored tubes for mechanical systems. The Pritzker jury said the Pompidou “revolutionized museums, transforming what had once been elite monuments into popular places of social and cultural exchange, woven into the heart of the city.”[2]

Initially, all of the functional structural elements of the building were colour-coded: green pipes are plumbing, blue ducts are for climate control, electrical wires are encased in yellow, and circulation elements and devices for safety (e.g., fire extinguishers) are red.[1]. However, recent visits suggests that this color coding has been partially removed, and many of the elements are simply painted white.

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  • Copyright: Colm Glass (Colm) (26)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-02-09
  • Categories: Arquitectura
  • Exposición: f/4.2, 1/40 segundos
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  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2010-03-06 12:35
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