Reproducing the Centre Pompidou
One proposal for the Centre Pompidou-Metz
In an effort to decentralize French culture, the Centre Pompidou (you know, that building in Paris that looks like the plumbing is on the outside) will build a satellite center in Metz. The Centre Pompidou hopes that the satellite will promote modern art and architecture outside of Paris. However, the hope is that Centre Pompidou-Metz will do more than replicate the cultural interests and achievements of Paris. The satellite is designed to pick up influences from neighboring states in the east--Germany, Belgium, and Luxembourg--and to serve as a European center rather than another French institution. Furthermore, the satellite should attract French artists and designers to northern European ideas. The competition for the design for the center has just opened in Metz, and the opening of the satellite is anticipated for 2007.