Type: Architecture, Art Museums, Attractions, Local Picks, Museums, Public Spaces, Sightseeing, Uniquely Here
This central building to Paris' city center made a huge architecturally splash when Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed it as "an evolving spatial diagram" in the 70s. Breaking away from the then... Read More
This central building to Paris' city center made a huge architecturally splash when Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed it as "an evolving spatial diagram" in the 70s. Breaking away from the then customary Parisian stone façades, the architects created a building of steel (15,000 tons) and glass (118,403 sq. ft.) and then color-codes its infrastructure which they placed outside its walls. Hence the inner workings of the building are emblematically visible on its exterior: red signifies pathways for people (elevators and escalators); yellow denotes circulating electricity; green is for water; and blue is for circulating air conditioning. As much a national library as it is a museum, there is nonetheless over 60,000 artworks housed here covering the 20th and 21st centuries. It is the largest collection in Europe of modern and contemporary art. The public information library is a multi-media one that uses all current forms of media.
- Sightseeing: "France's national library is housed here and it has a mandate to focus on innovation. In addition to being dedicated to the areas of news, documentary film and digital culture, it regularly tests new tools/applications related to reading and the absorption of knowledge."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: This is one of the most visited landmarks/museums/cultural sites in Paris by tourists, French and foreign alike, and has great appeal for all ages.