Matisse, Picasso, Miró, Pollock and Brancusi have already moved into their new home and can be admired there. Shigeru Ban says that in designing the idiosyncratic new construction, he was inspired by the “architecture” of traditional Chinese hats woven from rice straw – albeit on a considerably distorted floor plan. Situated in the angular volume of Centre Pompidou in Metz, the offices with their large, smooth windows appear to have been pushed into the hat. The flatness of the pure white ALUCOBOND® elements emphasises these white cuboid forms. The new 10,000- square metre centre for the arts in north eastern France does not exhibit any collection of its own but displays works stored at the Paris centre, which, with more than 65,000 works, owns the largest collection of contemporary and modern art in Europe. For the City of Metz, the new art centre means so much that it can also be described as the “new Metz cathedral”.
Project: Centre Pompidou, Metz, France
Architects: Shigeru Ban, Jean de Gastines, Paris, France
Fabricator: TIM Composites, Cholet, France
Construction: Riveted / Screwed
Year of Construction: 2010
Product: ALUCOBOND® Pure White 10
Photos: HUFTON + CROW/VIEW & Roland Halbe I Artur Images