Lord Rogers has hit back at newspaper reports that his Bordeaux law court is non-functional and that he may be sued because of cracked glass.
One article claimed court officials complained about fins and glass shards, said Lord Rogers. He told the aj: 'It is called slander by innuendo. The client has said it is totally functional and I'm told it is working very well. In terms of the glass fins, they have been breaking for some months. Ove Arup wrote three independent reports which come down to the fact that the plates that held the glass are deformed and not accurately faced to the glass. We are looking at what is the best way of dealing with them.'
There was no danger to people because each fin - made by St Gobain - was covered with a green filter, he said.
Rogers said he would take no legal action against the newspapers. 'Life's too short; one article ended by saying the building is a great success, but who the hell reads the last line?'
Ove Arup said the reports were commissioned by the justice ministry in Paris and were confidential. The Ministry said it would not sue the architect but was holding an inquiry to find out why nearly 20 of the 74 glass fins had broken.
Rogers was also angry about a Daily Telegraph report that 'Modernist architects live in dread of the telephone call that tells them their beautiful building which looked so good when it opened is leaking like a sieve . . . ' It went on to say the Pompidou Centre was spending around £50 million on resolving problems. But this was for a total reorganisation of the space, not on repairs to glass, said Rogers: 'I certainly don't live in fear of the phone.'