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CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014

00:00 - 23 June, 2014
CTBUH Names Its Winners for Best Tall Building 2014, Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM
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 Best Tall Building Worldwide 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

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Image © Michel van de Kar Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux Cayan Tower / SOM. Image © Tim Griffith / SOM De Rotterdam / OMA. Image © Michel van de Kar + 5

The Oxymore: Angularity That Belies Comfort

00:00 - 29 April, 2014
The Oxymore: Angularity That Belies Comfort, Courtesy of Figueras
Courtesy of Figueras

JeanNouvelDesign, the studio led by French architect Jean Nouvel, presented their new collection of furniture during Paris 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.

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Armagnac / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 6 January, 2014
Armagnac / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bordeaux, France
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mia Hägg, Sandrine Forais, Jean Nouvel
  • 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
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition

01:00 - 25 July, 2013
Jean Nouvel Named as Winner of National Art Museum of China Competition, Jean Nouvel's Winning NAMOC Proposal
Jean Nouvel's Winning NAMOC Proposal

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

01:00 - 9 July, 2013
Cenon / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    5 Rue Pierre Mendès France, 33150 Cenon, France
  • Category

  • 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

    6852.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Lormont Housing / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Lormont Housing / Habiter Autrement + Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Philippe Ruault
© Philippe Ruault

© Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault © Philippe Ruault + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    44 Quai Chaigneau Bichon, 33310 Lormont, France
  • Category

  • 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

    3514.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Video: 'The Competition' Trailer

01:00 - 26 April, 2013

Madrid-based architect Angel Borrego Cubero of Office for Strategic Spaces (OSS) has directed and produced the first documentary focused on the tense process that characterizes an architectural competition. Appropriately titled The Competition, the film captures a fascinating account on how five world renowned architects - Jean Nouvel, 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.

Milan Design Week 2013: Office for Living / Jean Nouvel

01:00 - 12 April, 2013
© Alessandro Russotti
© Alessandro Russotti

This week, 2008 Pritzker Prize laureate Jean Nouvel is expressing his vision for the workspaces of the future at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Nouvel was asked by Cosmit, the Salone's parent company, to create a huge project tailored specifically to the Saloni that would document the tremendous changes that have altered living and working spaces over the past few years. Nouvel responded with a project that "frees up the office space" and is a "counter to urban segregation and the zoning of other specially dedicated workplaces." He achieves these goals in his design by rejecting cloned and enclosed spaces as well as serial repetitiveness, suggesting more cohesive formulas that will better serve the domestic and international workplaces of the future.

More from Cosmit on "Project: office for living" after the break.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

01:22 - 26 November, 2012
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, aims at creating a welcoming world which associates lights and shadows as well as shimmers and calm places in a serene atmosphere. Its objective is to belong to its country, to its history, to its geography, avoiding being either a dull translation of this reality or a pleonasm meaning boredom and convention. It also aims at emphasizing the fascination generated by rare encounters. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Venice Biennale 2012: Meeting Lines / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + Habiter Autrement (Mia Hägg)

15:15 - 6 September, 2012
© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

Jean Nouvel and Mia Hägg presented “Meetings Lines” at the Venice Biennale. For ‘Common Ground’ they decided to show their finalist project for the Slussen Masterplan competition, an ambitious urban design project that seeks to replace much of the degenerated water and transportation infrastructure in the heart of Stockholm. The project proposes three different public spaces, designed as living links for the city, inspired by infrastructure such as the Rialto Bridge in Venice.

More about the exhibit after the break.

CTBUH Names Best Tall Buildings for 2012

15:00 - 13 June, 2012
Absolute Towers - Courtesy of MAD architects
Absolute Towers - Courtesy of MAD architects

Four innovative towers in Canada, Qatar, Australia and Italy have named the best tall buildings in the world for 2012 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the international not-for-profit association. These towers demonstrate the continued renaissance of tall building development worldwide, as a record number of 88 tall buildings soaring over 200 meters were completed in 2011, compared to 32 buildings in 2005. Another 96 tall buildings are projected to compete this year, with China being the largest contributor.

The four regional winners include the Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Canada (Americas); 1 Bligh Street, Sydney (Asia and Australia); Palazzo Lombardia, Milan (Europe); and Doha Tower in Doha, Qatar (Middle East and Africa). Additionally, Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi won the CTBUH’s first Innovation Award for the project’s computer sun-screen.

“The winners display remarkable creativity, as well as a respect for the environment, connection with place, and the urban surroundings,” said Richard Cook, awards committee chairman and founding partner of Cook+Fox Architects.

Continue after the break to learn more.

R4 / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

00:00 - 3 January, 2012
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

R4 is a territory whose urban and river-port aspects have been marked by exchanges, artists and the public. Yet it is not characterised as having any particular identity, but rather as a melting pot and a territory which is singularised by its ever-changing content.

Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom-Stilwerk / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

00:00 - 2 March, 2011
Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom-Stilwerk / Ateliers Jean Nouvel, © Julien Lanoo
© Julien Lanoo

© Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo © Julien Lanoo + 47

Seguin Island / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

13:00 - 28 December, 2010
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel was chosen as the lead urban architect and coordinator for the Seguin Island project in July of 2009. Here we are sharing with you the Ateliers Jean Nouvel team master plan for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

A diverse group of programs will make up the spaces, total surface area of 300,000 sqm, including cultural, retail, social facilites, parks, gardens, terraces serving as a destination for both residents and tourists. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010 and final completion is expected for the end of 2023.

Follow the break for a video and renderings by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

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Architects: Ateliers Jean Nouvel Location: Seguin Island, Boulogne-Billancourt, France Project Area: 300,000 sqm Renderings: Courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel