The building projects concepts developed from the original Centre Pomidou, but indeed it’s no replica. The original Centre Pomidou opened in 1977 and was designed as part of the high-tech architecture movement by architects Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers. The facility houses the Musee National d’Art Moderne — the largest modern art museum in Europe. The only reference made by Centre Pomidou-Metz to its Parisian counterpart is found in the extension’s central spire, which rises 77m above ground — the year that the original Pompidou opened.
The new Metz facility provides wider access to the Musee National d’Art Moderne’s collection with approximately 54,034 square feet of exhibition space. The new facility also includes an auditorium, café and restaurant, a bookshop-boutique, resource center and plenty of public space.