Day 126/365 of Steel – Jean Nouvel

The "Monolith" In Morat, Switzerland by Jean Nouvel
Fig 1: The “Monolith” In Morat, Switzerland by Jean Nouvel
image: Daniel Steger

Jean Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Pritzker Prize in 2008. By age 25, Nouvel completed school and entered into his own partnership with François Seigneur. In 1981, Nouvel, together with Architecture-Studio, won the design competition for the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute) building in Paris, whose construction was completed in 1987 and brought Nouvel international fame

Louvre Abu Dhabi from above
Fig 2: Louvre Abu Dhabi from above
Image: Department of Culture and Tourism

Nouvel was awarded the Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, in 2008, for his work on more than 200 projects . In its citation, the jury of the Pritzker prize noted: Of the many phrases that might be used to describe the career of architect Jean Nouvel, foremost are those that emphasize his courageous pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field.

Fondation Cartier
Fig 3: Fondation Cartier
Photography: Hisao Suzuki

Amongst the many interesting projects that he designed, I picked out some that gave a primary role to steel, as structural element or in the cladding of the building. 

European Patent Office (EPO)
Fig 4: European Patent Office (EPO)
Image: ©Ossip van Duivenbode

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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