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The new Pompidou: big hit or big flop?

Article: The new Pompidou: big hit or big flop?

Image courtesy Jean de Gastines Architects
The new branch of the Centre Pompidou that opened earlier this month in Metz has little in common with its Parisian counterpart aside from the name and the art collection, of course. In terms of appearance, however, it owes nothing to Renzo Piano and Richard Roger’s famous ‘exposed’ exterior that generated quite a bit of debate before it was deemed genius. I’m not sure if I can predict the same fate for the Metz structure, designed by Shigeru Ban, Jean de Gastines and Philip Gumuchdjian.