Entry Title: "Centre Pompidou-Metz, France"
Name: Massimo Vicinanza , Italy
Category and Expertise: Other_ARC, Professional
Entry Description: The Pompidou- Metz of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture opened in May 2010 and built on a surface area of 8,000 squared meters. It’s a large hexagonal structure around a central spire reaching a height of 77 meters, with facades in transparent corrugated polycarbonate sheeting. The wood pitched roof, whose geometry takes inspiration from the Chinese hats, is composed of 18 km of beams and is covered with a waterproof membrane made from fiber glass and Teflon. The superstructure is sustained by several tulip wood masts, and the assembling of 1500 chunks of spruce or larch creates a splendid hexagonal modular texture.