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What’s in a place?

The Pompidou Centre transformed our relationship with buildings

By Amanda Levete   December 2011

The Pompidou Centre “creates a sense of place, one that belongs to everyone”

What makes a masterpiece? Great art stops us in our tracks; it gives us an insight into reality; it makes us think; it helps us to see and understand the structure of things. Unlike art, architecture is driven by function. Architects need to meet exacting technical and regulatory dictums, and respond to unforeseen demands. But therein lies the art: the struggle of doing all this while holding onto the integrity of the idea; of seeking that perfect balance between form and function.

So many of the ingredients…

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