Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Initial sketch

1 / 36 Initial sketch

Aerial view of Pompidou Centre

2 / 36 Aerial view of Pompidou Centre

View of Pompidou Centre across Paris

3 / 36 View of Pompidou Centre across Paris

Main elevation and place Georges Pompidou in front

4 / 36 Main elevation and place Georges Pompidou in front

Head of escalator tube

5 / 36 Head of escalator tube

View north up length of Place Beaubourg

6 / 36 View north up length of Place Beaubourg

Initial sketch

7 / 36 Initial sketch

Model of portion of bridge and supporting pier

8 / 36 Model of portion of bridge and supporting pier

View down on sweeping arc of bridge

9 / 36 View down on sweeping arc of bridge

Portions of bridge being lifted into place by floating crane

10 / 36 Portions of bridge being lifted into place by floating crane

Simple sweep of the bridge contrast with the natural and man-made elements of its backdrop

11 / 36 Simple sweep of the bridge contrast with the natural and man-made elements of its backdrop

Illuminated bridge accentuates the contrast between simple big gestures and repetitive articulations

12 / 36 Illuminated bridge accentuates the contrast between simple big gestures and repetitive articulations

Initial sketch

13 / 36 Initial sketch

 Aerial view during construction

14 / 36 Aerial view during construction

Hoisting the ribs into place

15 / 36 Hoisting the ribs into place

Backs of cases from the sea

16 / 36 Backs of cases from the sea

View up between inner and outer structural ribs

17 / 36 View up between inner and outer structural ribs

 Approach path with reception ahead, sunken theatre to right and galleries to left

18 / 36 Approach path with reception ahead, sunken theatre to right and galleries to left

Initial sketch

19 / 36 Initial sketch

20 / 36

The leaning front facade is both a curtain wall to the offices behind and an electronic billboard

21 / 36 The leaning front facade is both a curtain wall to the offices behind and an electronic billboard

View of tower from River Maas

22 / 36 View of tower from River Maas

View of tower from River Maas

23 / 36 View of tower from River Maas

View across new square

24 / 36 View across new square

Initial sketch

25 / 36 Initial sketch

Sitting just above the harbour waters with the performance tent and old city behind

26 / 36 Sitting just above the harbour waters with the performance tent and old city behind

Computer analysis of heat and airflow by Arup

27 / 36 Computer analysis of heat and airflow by Arup

View up top of dome

28 / 36 View up top of dome

Sail-like awnings provide shade and entrain air towards edge of dome

29 / 36 Sail-like awnings provide shade and entrain air towards edge of dome

The dome at night

30 / 36 The dome at night

Initial sketch

31 / 36 Initial sketch

Arches complete with sloping concrete stiffening walls during construction

32 / 36 Arches complete with sloping concrete stiffening walls during construction

View towards church along cascade that defines the mountain-side edge of the piazza

33 / 36 View towards church along cascade that defines the mountain-side edge of the piazza

Celebrating mass in the church

34 / 36 Celebrating mass in the church

View towards church and piazza

35 / 36 View towards church and piazza

Bells and cross seen from piazza

36 / 36 Bells and cross seen from piazza

Initial sketch

1 / 36 Initial sketch

Aerial view of Pompidou Centre

2 / 36 Aerial view of Pompidou Centre

View of Pompidou Centre across Paris

3 / 36 View of Pompidou Centre across Paris

Main elevation and place Georges Pompidou in front

4 / 36 Main elevation and place Georges Pompidou in front

Head of escalator tube

5 / 36 Head of escalator tube

View north up length of Place Beaubourg

6 / 36 View north up length of Place Beaubourg

Initial sketch

7 / 36 Initial sketch

Model of portion of bridge and supporting pier

8 / 36 Model of portion of bridge and supporting pier

View down on sweeping arc of bridge

9 / 36 View down on sweeping arc of bridge

Portions of bridge being lifted into place by floating crane

10 / 36 Portions of bridge being lifted into place by floating crane

Simple sweep of the bridge contrast with the natural and man-made elements of its backdrop

11 / 36 Simple sweep of the bridge contrast with the natural and man-made elements of its backdrop

Illuminated bridge accentuates the contrast between simple big gestures and repetitive articulations

12 / 36 Illuminated bridge accentuates the contrast between simple big gestures and repetitive articulations

Initial sketch

13 / 36 Initial sketch

 Aerial view during construction

14 / 36 Aerial view during construction

Hoisting the ribs into place

15 / 36 Hoisting the ribs into place

Backs of cases from the sea

16 / 36 Backs of cases from the sea

View up between inner and outer structural ribs

17 / 36 View up between inner and outer structural ribs

 Approach path with reception ahead, sunken theatre to right and galleries to left

18 / 36 Approach path with reception ahead, sunken theatre to right and galleries to left

Initial sketch

19 / 36 Initial sketch

20 / 36

The leaning front facade is both a curtain wall to the offices behind and an electronic billboard

21 / 36 The leaning front facade is both a curtain wall to the offices behind and an electronic billboard

View of tower from River Maas

22 / 36 View of tower from River Maas

View of tower from River Maas

23 / 36 View of tower from River Maas

View across new square

24 / 36 View across new square

Initial sketch

25 / 36 Initial sketch

Sitting just above the harbour waters with the performance tent and old city behind

26 / 36 Sitting just above the harbour waters with the performance tent and old city behind

Computer analysis of heat and airflow by Arup

27 / 36 Computer analysis of heat and airflow by Arup

View up top of dome

28 / 36 View up top of dome

Sail-like awnings provide shade and entrain air towards edge of dome

29 / 36 Sail-like awnings provide shade and entrain air towards edge of dome

The dome at night

30 / 36 The dome at night

Initial sketch

31 / 36 Initial sketch

Arches complete with sloping concrete stiffening walls during construction

32 / 36 Arches complete with sloping concrete stiffening walls during construction

View towards church along cascade that defines the mountain-side edge of the piazza

33 / 36 View towards church along cascade that defines the mountain-side edge of the piazza

Celebrating mass in the church

34 / 36 Celebrating mass in the church

View towards church and piazza

35 / 36 View towards church and piazza

Bells and cross seen from piazza

36 / 36 Bells and cross seen from piazza



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