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Renzo Piano to work on Pompidou Centre’s 40th anniversary facelift

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Italian architect Renzo Piano will draw up plans for replacement escalators at the Pompidou Centre as part of a £90 million renovation to celebrate its 40th anniversary 

Piano designed the complex building in Paris’s 4th arrondissement with Richard Rogers. It opened on 31 January 1977.

It is understood Rogers is not working on the renovation, although he is being updated on the project as it progresses. 

The work, scheduled for 2018-20 and estimated to cost £90 million in total, was announced to mark the Pompidou Centre’s 40th anniversary. It is expected that the identical replacements for the distinctive ‘caterpillar’ escalators that crawl up the exterior of the building will cost £16 million alone. 

According to the Observer, renovation plans for the building show it will remain looking ‘just as inside-out as ever’.

The centre, which contains a public library, the Musée National d’Art Moderne and the IRCAM music centre, underwent a £76 million refurbishment between 1998 and 2000. Rogers branded the result of the refit ‘tragic’ after the centre’s management decided to provide access to the popular library by building two new internal escalators and a lift.

In October, the Pompidou Centre announced an international design competition for a new outpost in Brussels. The new 30,000m² gallery, which will focus on modern art, contemporary art and architecture, is expected to attract up to one million visitors a year when it opens in 2020.

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