Jean Nouvel

A renowned French architect, Jean Nouvel built gorgeous buildings all over the world. He obtained several prestigious awards.

Picture of Jean Nouvel

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About his life

Jean Nouvel was born in Fumel in 1945 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris. A key protagonist of intellectual debate in France regarding architecture, he was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l’Architecture. Many exhibitions of his work have been held all over the world from New York to Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, apart from the restrospective in Centre Pompidou in 2001. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008.


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Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris

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What are his major works?

The first important commission was a surgical clinic outside Paris. His design for the boarding school in Antony (1980) reveals a notable provocative style, at a time when he was one of the founders of the Syndicat de l’architecture. The project that brought Nouvel international renown is the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (1981-1987, with Architecture Studio): “an avant-garde project” at a time of great ferment in architecture during which president Mitterand was commissioning numerous large-scale projects. The unusual knife shape, the light projected onto the southern façade by photo-electric cells, and the splitting of the building “in two” are the key features of a building that has become a classic of its kind.

Institut du Monde Arabe, Jean Nouvel, 1981-1987, Paris

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Some of the most significant works of Jean Nouvel are: one of the three buildings that constitute Seoul’s Leeum Museum (2004), Barcelona’s bullet-shaped Agbar Tower (2005), the Guthrie Theater (2006) in Minneapolis, the quirky Quai Branly Museum (2006) in Paris, and Copenhagen’s Concert Hall (2009), with its bright blue exterior that functions at night as a video screen. Nouvel’s vast production also includes residential projects (such as Némausus Housing in Nîmes).

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Copenhagen Concert Hall, Jean Nouvel, 2009, Copenhagen

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