Architects Shigeru Ban, Philip Gumuchdjian and Jean de Gastines designed the steel and glass core structure, with an impressive swooping roof coated in fiberglass that is said to resemble the roof of a circus tent.
Pompidou-Metz is made up of 10,700 square meters of surface area and holds 5,000 square meters of exhibition space, plus two gardens and a terrace.
A 37-meter tall column supports both the roof and the spire, which soars 77 meters above ground.
The wooden mesh roof was created by weaving six interlaced beams into a hexagon. Construction view at right.
An expansive view from inside the museum.
Another view of the exterior.
Bonus links: Watch over three years’ worth of construction on Centre Pompidou-Metz in this time-lapse video and take a hard hat tour with Wallpaper* magazine.