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Monday, 19 October 2009

Pimped Up Centre Pompidou

Crowning Centre Pompidou as the king of pimped up buildings is probably not too exaggerating. Where on earth can you see a building with over-sized exhaust pipes? That is a resemblance of a pimped up car!

All the other pipes running around the building are also resemblance of a pimped up engine.

This is in fact the Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou (Georges Pompidou National Centre of of Art and Culture). The radical architecture is perhaps more overwhelming than the modern art collection it houses.

Unfortunately, it was closed for maintenance on the day of my visit. So, I could only walk around the building to appreciate the architectural features.

The series of escalators connecting the ground floor all the way up to the top floor could be the longest in the world. However, I am not sure about that as nothing was mentioned about it in my travel guidebook.

On the right of the centre (if you consider the series of escalators as the front of the building) is place Igor Stravinsky where a series of fanciful mechanical fountains can be found. These modern-art fountains complement the pimped up Centre Pompidou well in my opinion.

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