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Centre Pompidou Metz

Metz, France
1 of 11James Ewing

The Centre Pompidou Metz is a satellite of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. It has been designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines and featured temporary exhibitions from the large collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, the largest European collection of 20th and 21st century arts. Constructions for the building started in 2006. It originally planned to open in 2008, but was inaugurated two years later, on May 12th 2010.

The Metz museum is the largest temporary exhibition space outside Paris in France, and includes also a theater, an auditorium, and a restaurant terrace. The roof of the museum resembles a Chinese hat rises to a rounded peak at the top and has a gently rippled brim. With a surface area of 8,000 m², the roof structure is composed of sixteen kilometers of glued laminated timber, that intersect to form hexagonal wooden units. The roof’s geometry is irregular, featuring curves and counter-curves over the entire building. The entire wooden structure is covered with a white fibre glass membrane and a coating of teflon, which has the distinction of being self-cleaning, protect from direct sunlight while providing a transparent at night. The roof structure is one of the most complex built to date. Its performance had to be assessed by aeraulic wind tunnels.

The roof sits atop a gallery space of 10,000 sq metres which, like the Paris Pompidou, has glass-panelled walls and panoramic views.

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