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Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel

09:30 - 21 November, 2017
Critical Round-Up: The Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

Earlier this month, Abu Dhabi’s much-awaited “universal museum,” the Louvre Abu Dhabi designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel, was opened to the public. After several years of delays and problems including accusations of worker rights violations, revisions in economic strategies, and regional turmoil, the completion of the museum is a feat in itself. Critics, supporters, naysayers, artists, economists, and human rights agencies, have all closely followed its shaky progress, but now that it’s finally open, reviews of the building are steadily pouring in.

Read on to find out how critics have responded to Nouvel’s work so far.

© Marc Domage © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe + 9

Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development

09:30 - 7 November, 2017
Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi Opens To The Public Following a Decade in Development, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

Following ten years of multinational collaboration between France and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi opens this week to the public. Located on Saadiyat Island and surrounded by the sea, twenty three permanent galleries and exhibition spaces, a Children's Museum, an auditorium, and a research center are connected by waterfront promenades which weave beneath the building's iconic dome.

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Marc Domage © Roland Halbe + 11

Bell Pavilion / Pezo von Ellrichshausen

09:00 - 20 August, 2017
Bell Pavilion  / Pezo von Ellrichshausen, © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen © Pezo von Ellrichshausen + 19

LiFE Presents Neocodomousse, an Exhibition by Raumlaborberlin

07:00 - 15 June, 2016
 LiFE Presents Neocodomousse, an Exhibition by Raumlaborberlin, Project for the LiFE by raulmaborberlin
Project for the LiFE by raulmaborberlin

In partnership with Le Grand Café Contemporary Art Centre in Saint-Nazaire, LiFE presents, from 3 June to 9 October, Neocodomousse, an exhibition by raumlaborberlin, a Berlin based network-collective of nine trained architects. Raumlaborberlin is a collective of nine architects, city planners and artists. Their name could translate as both space and laboratory: a neologism referencing to experimentation and empirical research, guided by a community manufacturing process. 

Sou Fujimoto's Buildings Serve as Inspiration at Paris Fashion Week

06:00 - 14 October, 2015
Sou Fujimoto's Buildings Serve as Inspiration at Paris Fashion Week , © Giovanni Giannoni via WWD and © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest
© Giovanni Giannoni via WWD and © Sou Fujimoto Architects, Courtesy of Liget Budapest

At this year’s Paris Fashion Week, Switzerland-based fashion house Akris showed its 2016 Spring/Summer Collection -- an assembly of garments based on the work of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.

Akris’ creative director, Albert Kriemler, was introduced to Fujimoto by photographer Iwan Baan while working on the Université Paris-Saclay. From a stance of admiration, Kriemler was thus influenced by Fujimoto’s work: "We share a vision to create an effortless relation between the body and the environment with utmost simplicity. Sou Fujimoto is an architect who understands that we have more senses than just the eye," said Kriemler.

Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair

00:00 - 27 October, 2014
Sou Fujimoto Constructs Inhabitable Nomadic Structure for Parisian Art Fair, © Marc Domage
© Marc Domage

Over the weekend, Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto exhibited an inhabitable sculpture of stacked and suspended aluminum cubes as part of the FIAC art fair in the Parisian Jardins des Tuileries’ gardens. The installation, “Many Small Cubes” is his first project in Paris and was commissioned by the Philippe Gravier art gallery as an exploration of nomadic structures and Sou Fujimoto’s concept of bringing architecture closer to nature.

"The floating masses of Many Small Cubes creates a new experience of space, a rhythm of flickering shadows and lights like the sun filtering through leafy trees,” described Sou Fujimoto.