In the May issue of Wallpaper* (W*122), writer Anya Pope visits the new Pompidou Centre in Metz.
The first decentralisation of a major cultural institution in France, this spectacular, swooping creation by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, in the north-east part of the country is well on its way to becoming as iconic as its Parisian predecessor by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers.
Started in 2006, the €60m development of shops, houses, and offices is slated to complete by the end of summer 2009, ready for its inauguration in 2010.
At wallpaper.com we couldn't wait that along, so arranged a hard-hat tour and interview with the Metz city’s chief architect, Philippe Hubert.
See our video of Centre Pompidou, Metz