Posted on August 21, 2010
33 years ago it was opened in France, the Centre Pompidou, emblematic building of a new architectural movement and fundamental to the future career of Richard Rogers momentum.
In the second half of the 60s, said the Parisian district of Les Halles, driven by the economic and cultural life of an old meat market, was losing its best. Practical and compelling reasons, such as worsening traffic had become a building Napoleonic times little more than an obstacle.
With this background, then French President, Georges Pompidou (1969-1974) decided to revitalize the area by proposing, among other works, the creation of a modern cultural center.
The idea of "Pompidou" was already concocted. In 1970, the proposal of the architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers won the competition organized by the French government and, seven years later, the grand museum was a reality.
A distinctive work
The Pompidou was to the professional lives of Piano and Rogers, a huge door opened and no longer be closed. The name of Rogers acquired international importance and became involved in eclectic and innovative projects in different countries; Buildings from Terminal 4 at Barajas (Madrid) and the Court of the City of Bordeaux (France) to an urban reform in Valladolid.
For Paris, the Pompidou also had happy consequences. Opened in 1977 by former President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, was transformed into an urban icon and one of the most visited museums, with about s eis million visits per year.
Architecturally, it marked a before and after for its emphasis on functionality and spatial design criteria previously little used.