Jean Nouvel Loses Court Case Over Philharmonie de Paris

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Jean Nouvel has lost a court battle aimed to remove his name from the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris. As The Telegraph reports, Nouvel claimed that the £280 million was inaugurated prematurely and parts of the building was “sabotaged” in doing so, thus believing it to be morally inapt from him be associated with the building.

“The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged,” he said in a Le Monde editorial, “so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions.”

Jean Nouvel Seeks Legal Action to Distance Himself from Philharmonie de Paris

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After boycotting the premature opening of the infamous Philharmonie de , Jean Nouvel has taken his frustrations to court demanding that his name and image be removed from all references to the publicly funded €390 million . The French architect, who has claimed to be wrongly vilified as a “spoilt-star artist” and unfairly blamed for the project’s spiraling costs, does not “wish to express himself any further on the project.”

He has asked the court “to order amending work” to 26 “non-compliance” areas that do not comply with his original design. This areas include parapets, fireplaces, facades, the promenade and 2,400-seat concert hall itself.

Jean Nouvel Boycotts Opening of the Philharmonie de Paris, Saying It Is “Not Finished”

The under construction. Image © Yves Chanoit

Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s long awaited opening of the Philharmonie de  concert hall took place yesterday at a VIP event in which the French President, Francois Hollande, officiated the ceremony three years after it was scheduled to take place. Jean Nouvel, however, did not attend the event, instead writing an incendiary column for French Newspaper Le Monde, and releasing a statement saying he feels that the building has opened “too early” and it ”is not finished.” He argues that “there were no acoustic tests of the concert hall [as] the schedule did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected, [...] despite all the warnings which I have been giving since 2013.”

Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel , MDW Architecture
Location: Boulevard Pierre Mayence, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
Year: 2014
Photographs: Filip Dujardin, Lida Guan

Check Out These Images of New York’s Skyline in 2018

View looking south above Central Park showing “Billionaires Row” towers visible in foregorund, midtown towers in background, and various Financial District and Downtown Brooklyn Towers in far background. Image © CityRealty

If New Yorkers thought that construction during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as Mayor was frantic, then what’s coming next might be quite a shock: courtesy of CityRealty, these images show the skyline in 2018, when many of the city’s current projects will be complete. Produced from building models by TJ Quan and Ondel Hylton as a marketing ploy for Jean Nouvel‘s 53 West 53rd street which recently (finally) began construction, the images include all of Nouvel’s illustrious future neighbors: the “Billionaire’s Row” including 111 West 57th Street, 220 Central Park South, 225 West 57th Street (Nordstrom Tower) and One57; new Midtown developments such as 432 Park Avenue, 520 Park Avenue425 Park Avenue, One Vanderbilt, 610 Lexington, 15 Penn Plaza, and the Hudson Yards towers; and even the latest financial district towers, 1WTC, 30 Park Place, 125 Greenwich, and 225 Cherry Street.

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: . Image © Murray Fredericks

This year’s title of “” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

Winners of the 2014 LEAF Awards Announced

Refurbishment of the Year: BIG Library; Gourdon, France / CoCo Architecture with Atelier RK © Edouard Decam

Winners have been announced for the 2014 LEAF Awards. Spanning 14 categories, including best refurbishment of the year (pictured above), all winning projects “demonstrate buildings that are setting the benchmark for the international architectural and design community.” 

See which project landed Jean Nouvel top honors, after the break.

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Images courtesy of Frasers Property and Sekisui House . Image © Murray Fredericks

Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: LOT 1 Broadway, Central Park, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
Design Architect: .
Architect Of Record: PTW Architects
Green Walls: Patrick Blanc
Year: 2014
Photographs: Murray Fredericks, Simon Wood, John Gollings

Jean Nouvel’s Tower Verre Finally Ready to Break Ground

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Jean Nouvel‘s long-awaited 53 West 53rd Street, also known as the Tower Verre or the Tower, may finally be ready to move ahead with construction after the project’s developer Hines purchased $85.3 million worth of air rights from its neighbors MoMA and the St Thomas Episcopal Church and arranged the $860 million construction loan required for the project.

Originally proposed in 2007, the design has been plagued by problems, including significant delays due to the financial crisis and a difficult approval process which resulted in the building’s height being slashed from 1,250 feet to its current planned height of 1,050 feet. However, according to a statement from Hines groundbreaking on the project is now “imminent.”

Jean Nouvel Releases Official Design for National Art Museum of China

To the East, a fusion of sky and gardens. Image ©

Jean Nouvel has unveiled the official design for the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC). Originally inspired by the simplicity of “a single brush stroke,” the 21st century art and calligraphy museum will become the centerpiece of a new cultural district at Olympic Park, rising next to the historic axis of Beijing and symbolically connecting to the Forbidden City.

New images of the NAMOC and more from Nouvel, after the break… 

Imagine Institute / Valero Gadan Architectes + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Valero Gadan Architectes
Location: 123 Rue du Cherche-Midi, 75015 Paris, France
Project Leaders: Project: Gaston TOLILA et Élodie VADEPIED | Competition: Gaston TOLILA
Project Team: Project: Delphine ALTIER, Léa CHARRAT, Yseult DE DIEULEVEULT, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI | Competition: Chen CHEN, Nathalie DIEBOLD, Damien FARAUT, Samuel LACAILLE, Fabrice LAGARDE, Sophie LAROMIGUIERE, Marie-Charlotte PROSPERI
Area: 18992.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Christophe Valtin, Patrick H. Muller

CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014

Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has announced the regional winners of its 2014 Best Tall Building award. Chosen from a selection of 88 nominees, the four winning buildings will go on to compete for the Award, due to be announced in December.

The winners and finalists this year show significant diversity in form, function and philosophy; normally low-rise typologies such as education, green buildings, renovations and boundary-pushing shapes have all made the list. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang and Chair of the jury, said: “The submissions this year… reflect the dawning of a global recognition that tall buildings have a critical role to play in a rapidly changing climate and urban environment.”

Read on after the break for the full list of winners and finalists

The Oxymore: Angularity That Belies Comfort

Courtesy of Figueras

JeanNouvelDesign, the studio led by French architect , presented their new collection of furniture during Design Week. Among them is the Oxymore chair, designed by JeanNouvelDesign and produced by specialty group-seating manufacturer Figueras International Seating. This fetishistic chair, a result of research conducted at the Figueras Design Centre, has a singular cubic appearance that provides extreme comfort, softness. It is precisely this unapparent relationship between look and feeling that gives the seat its name—since an oxymoron means a union of contradictory elements.

Armagnac / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Habiter Autrement, Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: Bordeaux, France
Architect In Charge: Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais,
Project Manager: Sandrine Forais, Stéphane Allaire
Architectural Consultant: Jean-Jacques Raynaud
Team Members: Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
Area: 5418.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Jean Nouvel Selected to Design National Art Museum of China

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The rumors are true: Jean Nouvel has been selected as the official winner of the highly acclaimed National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) competition in Beijing. According to Dezeen, the news has been confirmed by Nouvel’s adviser, Oliver Schmitt. Though little has been released about the winning design, earlier reports have described it as a “vast structure” based on the simplicity of a single line – “a single brush stroke.”

In an interview with Financial Times, Nouvel quoted the Chinese artist Shi Tao (1642-1707): “A single line is the source of everything in existence. [...] We started with calligraphy. [...] Pupils used to spend half a year just on that first line with a brush. That first line contains all of Chinese culture – painting, writing and the energy of Chi.”

Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: , France
Architects In Charge: Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
Project Managers: Sandrine Forais, Elise Camus
Architectural Consultant: Jean-Jacques Raynaud
Team Members: Mathilde Jauvin, Aimée Lau, Félix Medina, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
Area: 6,852 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Lormont Housing / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

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Architects: Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Location: Lormont, France
Architects In Charge: Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais / Jean Nouvel
Project Manager: Aude Lerpinière
Architectural Consultant: Jean-Jacques Raynaud
Team Members: Aimée Lau, Lina Lagerström, Félix Medina Mathilde Jauvin, Louis Mangin, Nicolas Métro, Marcel Züger
Area: 3,514 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Philippe Ruault

Video: ‘The Competition’ Trailer

Madrid-based architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) has directed and produced the first focused on the tense process that often characterizes an architectural competition. Appropriately titled The Competition, the film captures a fascinating account on how five world renowned architects – , Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – “toil, struggle and strategize to beat the competition.” The premise is based on a nearly forgotten, 2008 competition for a new National Museum of Art of Andorra, a small Pyrenees country nestled between Spain and France, which has yet to be realized.

The Competition is expected to debut in late 2013. Updates will be available on OSS’s website and facebook.