Diane Pham

Architect Jean Nouvel Unveils Masterplan for Seguin Island in France

by , 12/31/10
filed under: Architecture

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Overseeing the revitalization, Nouvel has been conscious of creating a seamless development that doesn’t parcel off the land to the developers and architects involved. Rather, Nouvel sees the Seguin as a chance to make up for what was lost during the years of desolation, and to instead create an urban pole with the power to transform the community. As he contends, “If we do not define the urban agenda at this stage we will have a place without soul or roots, without synergy or complexity….a place without mystery. The depth of the project is a dimension that can be premeditated. My role here is to create a harmony, an urban continuity like that which existed before with the industrial space.”

The Seguin Island project demonstrates a new way of thinking about architecture within a city that is both modern and historic, yet not confined by neither notion. Nouvel’s plan is “based on principles of body types, shapes and sequences of spaces and using different types of buildings.”

+ Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Via Arch Daily

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2 Comments

  1. jon brees thogmartin January 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    knowing nouvel’s work leaves no doubt of the islands end outcome-sensational. sustainability is assured in the 21st century and does not need to be a marketing tool but rather a design tool. unfortunately nouvel cannot change the cities river issues but i bet nouvel’s team makes some important river connections-physically, visually, & sensually. i look forward to the final reality

  2. Holcim Awards January 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    The images here are not very provocative. They make it look like a generic development. I hope it improves as the design is developed. It would also be great if sustainability was a driving force behind the development. Especially considering it could reintroduce a riparian habitat to the urban center of the city.

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