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Centre Georges Pompidou

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Address:    Place Georges Pompidou
Paris, France, 75004
District:     4th Arrondissement
Architect: Renzo Piano
Built in:    1976
Height:    46 meters (150.88 ft)
Web Site:
Hours:    Wed-Mon: 11am-10pm (ticket counters closed at 8 p.m.);
closed Tuesday


A cultural center housing an impressive collection of modern art, as well as a library, cinema and bookstore.

Architectural Notes

The Centre Georges Pompidou is considered one of the masterpieces of the Italian architect Renzo Piano. With a façade resembling a machine, the building uses industry standards for color coding the external pipes: yellow for electrical, white or blue for air-conditioning, blue for water and red for lifts and circulation.

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