French Museum Branch to be Unveiled Soon

30 March 2010 (Last Updated March 30th, 2010 18:30)

The Pompidou Center in Metz, France, a branch of the Parisian Beaubourg Museum, will be unveiled in May. Designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the elegantly sloping structure takes inspiration from Chinese hats and bridges. The building area is divided into exhibition

The Pompidou Center in Metz, France, a branch of the Parisian Beaubourg Museum, will be unveiled in May.

Designed by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the elegantly sloping structure takes inspiration from Chinese hats and bridges.

The building area is divided into exhibition areas, an auditorium, a design studio and a multipurpose space.

Manufactured from wood the building features hexagonal modules and a curving roof geometry. Con-curves envelop the various elements of the building.

The self-bearing building is clad with 8,000m² of white membrane and tight-based fibreglass and Teflon.

The building features three stacked overlapping galleries that offer additional space elements within the building, which is interspersed with large windows.

It is surrounded by 10,000m² of courtyard and garden, according to AFP.