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Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel
Spotlight: Jean Nouvel, © Cortesía de Artribune
© Cortesía de Artribune

“My interest has always been in an architecture which reflects the modernity of our epoch as opposed to the rethinking of historical references. My work deals with what is happening now—our techniques and materials, what we are capable of doing today.”

Today is the 69th birthday of the great French architect and designer, Jean Nouvel. The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions, resulting in a variety of projects that - while strikingly different - always demonstrate an interesting use of light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. More on the Pritzker-winning architect, after the break.

His variety of work can be seen in such acclaimed works as the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Fondation Cartier and. Nouvel also has a series of notable projects currently in the works, such as the New Louvre in Abu Dhabi and the National Art Museum of China.

© Ricardo Vidal ©  Paris Architecture Website © Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Philippe Ruault © Jean Nouvel Ateliers + 8

© Ricardo Vidal
© Ricardo Vidal

In honor of his birthday, take a moment to revisit Nouvel's previous works on ArchDaily. 

 

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Cite: Duque, Karina. "Spotlight: Jean Nouvel" [¡Feliz Cumpleaños Jean Nouvel!] 12 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quirk, Vanessa) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/414599/happy-birthday-jean-nouvel/> ISSN 0719-8884
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