This is the ninth volume in the series of monographs on the important works of the architect Renzo Piano, albeit that he worked in cooperation with Richard Rogers on this extraordinary building, The `Beaubourg` as many people know it, or the Centre Georges Pompidou, as it is known officially.
As with the other volumes in the series, the book is drawn up directly from the archives of the Renzo P:iano Building Workshop, and uses previously unpublished material. The history of the project is presented chronologically, using sketches and notes, from the first inspection of the site to the official opening of the building
The stories of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers as they recall working together, are meticulously reproduced in their own words. Thus the book is a true journal, that takes the reader through the entire process of the creation of this extraordinary architectural adventure.
`To me it`s still the `` Beaubourg`. Even today, forty years on I find it hard to call it the Centre Georges Pompidou. Yet is was President Pompidou who made the project possible, defended it and ensured its completion after his death in 1974.... After the opening of Centre Pompidou, which took place 40 years ago, we publish this book as a testimony of the adventure of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. Happy birthday, Beaubourg`.
RENZO PIANO was born on 14th September 1937 in Genoa. He is an architect and engineer and has designed many notable buildings including several museums as well the Shard in London and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary American Art in New York. RICHARD ROGERS, BARON ROGERS OF RIVERSIDE was also born in Italy, in Florence in 1933 of Anglo-Italian parents. As an architect he is noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture. Other important well-known works are the Millenium Dome, the Senedd in Cardiff and the Lloyd`s Building in London