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Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

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Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Image via screenshot from <a href=''>"Jean Nouvel: Architecture is Listening" video by Louisiana Channel</a>

After initially failing an entrance exam at the École des Beaux-Arts of Bordeaux, Nouvel studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, having won a national competition to attend the school. Encouraged by the anti-establishment leanings of his mentor at the time Claude Parent, as a young architect Nouvel was involved in the intellectual currents formed in the student protests of 1968, attacking the institutional education of his former school, co-founding France's labor union for architects the Syndicat de l'Architecture, and advocating for a more forward-thinking urbanism in France via the Mars 1976 movement.

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © <a href=''>Flickr user roryrory</a> licensed under <a href=''>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>

Nouvel first received international acclaim as an architect thanks to the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, which features a screen of metallic oculi which filter light into the building and recall traditional Arabic architecture. This mashrabiya motif has become a recurring theme in his work, appearing again in projects such as his office tower in Doha and on the Louvre Abu Dhabi, currently under construction.

Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido

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