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A Jean Nouvel Update

A Jean Nouvel Update

A rash of news about Pritzker Prize-winning French architectJean Nouvel has us hitting our bookshelves and computers for a bit ofbackground research. Nouvel’s perhapsmost well-known work in the United Statesis the blue and boldly cantilevered GuthrieTheatre in Minneapolis, but he also designedthe striking, candy-colored Torre Agbarin Barcelona.  He also created the Nouvel Opera Housewithin the shell of an existing 1831 building.  For links to photos and some recent news onNouvel, jump with us.

Nouvel—otherwise known as the architect reviled byarchitecture “critic” Prince Charles—has a new project in London.  Nouvelhas been selected to design the 10th installment in a series ofsummer pavilions for Serpentine Gallery.  Past architects who have done the same includeZaga Hadid, Daniel Liebeskind, and Rem Koolhaas.  The scarlet pavilion will include tabletennis tables and a gravity-defying tilting wall.  

Nouvel has also produced a less colorful, but equally strikingdesign for a the National Museum of Qatar. NicolaiOuroussoff says this of the building’s disc like forms inspired by sandroses: “The lightness with which these forms rest on the land…conjure theethereality of desert life.”

Closer to home, Nouveltalks here of his tower to be located next door to the Museum of Modern Art. The city has required the building beshortened by about 200 feet.  Back to thedrawing board…

And here’san interview with Nouvel where he talks of several other projects: amongthem, a completed condo tower in Manhattanand the Louvre Abu Dhabi with it’s 600-foot diameter dome.ouse withint the Hou

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