Sunday, 13 April 2008

Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Prize and the Louvre

We have a new Pritzker Prize winner, 2008 gives us France's Jean Nouvel. His site features a nice flash vision of his works, past present and future. Some of them look fascinating and certainly worthy of a closer look. One potential stand-out is the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, with its frame-like dome. Lets hope the reality lives up to the CG imagery which looks quite stunning. There is a definitive trend towards this style of architecture (like the birds nest, water cube, OMA's work and plenty of others). Have a look at Marcus Fairs' article on DeZeen and some stunning images included below.
"We have covered it with a large dome, a form common to all civilizations. Made of a web of different patterns interlaced into a translucent ceiling, the dome lets a diffuse magical light enter the space in the tradition of great Arabian architecture." Quote from Ateliers Jean Nouvel.


[Images of Jean Nouvel's design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the dezeen article]

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And if you think that's amazing - check out the design for the Dubai Opera House which takes this idea somewhere even more ... well ... remarkable ...
DeZeen has a nice page for this project as well.

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