As decided in January 2003 by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, then Minister of Culture, the creation of a provincial extension of the Pompidou Center in Metz, in Lorraine, is taking shape today for the public with the presentation of the six candidates that had been selected after an architectural competition. The Pompidou Center is exhibiting the proposals in Paris, including the stunning and innovative winner, signed by Jean de Gastines, Philip Gumuchdjian and Shigeru Ban. The construction, set to begin at the beginning of next year, should be concluded in 2007, coinciding with the arrival of the planned TGV East line in the Metz station and with the 30th anniversary of the Pompidou Center, in its Renzo Piano/Richard Rodgers edition.I will leave the rest for you to read yourself (it's in French), but hurry, since articles disappear from Le Figaro's Web site very quickly. You can see a picture there, too. You can see some information on the exhibit on the Beaubourg's Web site.
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