French architect Jean Nouvel (b. 1945) has been designing such attractive, practical and hard-to-describe structures for many years. He’s won numerous accolades, from the Islamic-oriented Aga Khan Prize (The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan, recognises examples of architectural excellence that encompass contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, restoration, re-use, and area conservation, as well as landscaping and environmental issues. 1989) to the Praemium Imperiale (The Praemium Imperiale is a global arts prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association 2001), Japan’s Nobel of the arts.
Image shows the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1981-87.
Institut du Monde Arabe / Paris
Address: Rue de Fosses Saint-Bernard.
It is not possible to design always the same. How to be different in each different place – that is the most important work and duty of the architect to find out.
Nouvel had three different partners between 1972 and 1984: Gilbert Lezenes, Jean-François Guyot, and Pierre Soria. In 1985, with his junior architects Emmanuel Blamont, Jean-Marc Ibos and Mirto Vitart, he founded Jean Nouvel et Associés. Then, with Emmanuel Gattani, he formed JNEC in 1988. Ateliers Jean Nouvel, his present practice, was formed in 1994 with Michel Pélissié and is one of the largest in France, with 140 people in the main office in Paris. Ateliers Jean Nouvel site offices are Rome, Geneva, Madrid and Barcelona. They are working on 30 active projects in 13 countries.
Nouvel designed a flacon for L’Homme, an Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, in a limited edition launched in 2008.