Two days later, standing outside the Centre Georges Pompidou in Beaubourg, Paris, I phoned Michael.
“What do you think of the architecture?” He asked.
“You can do better than that. What shape is it?”
“Ok, a bit simplistic but let’s carry on. What do you see on the outside of the box?”
I had to look and think for a moment, then realized what Michael was getting me to observe. “OK, I get it.”
“The services are on the outside of the structure, rather than the inside. That’s why this building is so well known. I think the architect did something similar with the Lloyds Building in London.”