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Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Jean-Nouvel.jpgJean Nouvel. Photo by Djamel Dine Zitout

By Eva Bjerring

Ateliers Jean Nouvel is the internationally based architecture company founded by French star architect Jean Nouvel. Jean Nouvel's persistence, insatiable urge for the creative experimental and his resistance against the ordinary have earned him a place as one of the top architects in the world as well as numerous architectural awards, here among the Pritzker Prize.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel was founded by Jean Nouvel (born 1945) in 1994 together with Michel Pélissié. The main office in Paris is one of the largest architecture firms in France, with additional international offices scattered around architectural important cities in Europe and in New York.

Jean Nouvel's architecture aims at being 'a visual landscape', a color- and playful architecture that often breaks from its neighboring surroundings as an independent voice twitching against normality. His focus into architecture is one that reflects the modernity of our time. One that opposes a rethinking of historical references and refuses to confess to a certain style.

Instead he deals with what is happening in our time here and now and is not afraid to incorporate new technologies and materials in his designs to create an architecture that relates to the specific context - based on a different strategy for each project every time.

This approach has earned him international fame and especially since his vibrant and living 'Institut du Monde Arabe' (IMA) finished in 1987 the entire world has been his playground.

Well over 200 projects have so far left the table. From France, where the concentration of Jean Nouvel projects is still the highest, to Japan, Spain, England, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, Denmark, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Korea, Mexico, Israel, Brazil, Qatar, Lebanon, Cyprus, Iceland, UAE, Taiwan, Malaysia, Portugal, Kuwait, Morocco, Russia and the U.S.

Early in his career, Nouvel became a key participant in intellectual debates about architecture in France. He is the co-founder of the Mars 1976 architecture movement as well as the French labor union for the architects the Syndicat de l'Architecture in 1977.

Jean Nouvel has among a long list of prestigious prizes been awarded the  Aga Khan Award for Architecturefor the  Institut du Monde Arabe,the Wolf Prize in Arts  in 2005 and the  Pritzker Prize  in 2008 for his "courageous approach of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."In addition his work has been displayed in a number of museums and architectural centers worldwide. 

Seguin Island exterior view from above
Image courtesy Atelier Jean Nouvel
November 01, 2010 /

Seguin Island
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Paris, France

Seguin Island, abandoned by the Renault car factory almost 20 years ago, will be transformed into a new center for contemporary culture.

National Museum of Qatar exterior waterfront
Photo © Atelier Jean Nouvel
March 29, 2010 /

National Museum of Qatar
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Doha Corniche, Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar, like a desert rose, appears to grow out of the ground and be one with it.

DR Concert Hall exterior by night
Photo: Bjarne Bergius Hermansen
July 21, 2009 /

DR Concert Hall
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Copenhagen, Denmark

With DR Concert Hall, Denmark gets a national and international concert venue and a new architectural landmark for the capital. The complex, part of the TV network's new Headquarters in Copenhagen, contains all facilities for Danish Broadcasting Corporation's music production.

100 11th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, exterior landscape
Photo courtesy Ateliers Jean Nouvel
April 02, 2007 /

100 11th Avenue
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
New York, NY, USA

The 23-story tower, described by Nouvel as "a vision machine," at the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway, along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Guthrie Theater by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Exterior by night
Photo: Philippe Ruault
July 10, 2006 /

Guthrie Theater
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Situated next to the old Washburn-Crosby A Mill, in the heart of what was once the greatest flour-milling complex, the new Guthrie Theater Center pays homage to its industrial neighbors while capturing the magic of the theater.

Torre Agbar by Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Barcelona, Spain, exterior
Photo ©Thomas Mayer
January 02, 2006 /

Torre Agbar
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Barcelona, Spain

The building houses the new headquarters for Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar), the municipal water company.

Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum exterior facade
Photo: arcspace
December 01, 2003 /

Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Périgueux, France

The Vesunna, Gallo-Roman Museum, is located in the heart of the ancient city of Périgueux, founded by the Romans in the first century, near the Tour de Vésone and the late Roman Empire ramparts.

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