Frenchman Jean Nouvel (b. 1945) is a superstar in the world of architecture. His designs are not superfluous yet everything possible is used in over 200 projects dating from the early 1970’s to the present. Lattice work opens and shuts in response to light. Windows frame vistas. Color is a strong element in his designs, including generous use of red and blue. Shear scale make his buildings impressive in amongst themselves.
Born in Fumel, Lot-et-Garonne, France to the country’s chief school superintendent, Jean appeared on a path to a technical career when he discovered drawing. His architecture practice began at age 25 and he was brought to the world stage with his renowned design of the Arab World Institute building in Paris in 1987. In 2008, Nouvel won the Pritzker Prize, the highest architecture award . Presently Atelier Jean Nouvel has one of the largest design firms in France with offices in Paris, London, New York, and other cities. Much like other architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Nouvel designs many aspects of a structure including interior elements such as door handles, tables, chairs, and water taps.
Completed projects litter the country of France, Japan, United States, Brazil, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom. One simply can stroll Manhattan and stumble upon one of several of his works, including 40 Mercer in SoHo, and 100 11th Avenue.
Future works include several buildings in New York, Los Angeles, and Qatar.