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Jean Nouvel Wins the 2008 Pritzker Prize

Posted By Ali Kriscenski On March 31, 2008 @ 9:15 am In Announcements,Architecture | 9 Comments

Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Prize, 40 Mercier, LED, awards, architecture, Institut du Monde Arabe, Quai Branley Museum, Paris, France architecture, french architecture, nouvel5.jpg [1]

Groundreaking architect Jean Nouvel [2] has inspired and influenced international architecture (and many of us here at Inhabitat) [3] for over three decades with creative interpretations of culture, location, program and client that have resulted in some of the world’s most unforgettable structures [4]. In recognition of his abundant career and persistent imagination, he has been chosen as the 2008 Pritzker Architecture Laureate [5], the world’s highest architecture honor.


Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Prize, 40 Mercier, LED, awards, architecture, Institut du Monde Arabe, Quai Branley Museum, Paris, France architecture, french architecture, nouvel8.jpgLouvre Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nouvel’s work can be seen throughout the world, including the United States, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, United Arab Emirates, Israel and with a large concentration of buildings in his home country of France [6]. It was his Institut du Monde Arabe [7] in Paris, France, which first gained critical acclaim. A highly technical structure with an integrated and automated light-sensitive mechanical façade, the Arab World Institute defined Nouvel’s ability to fuse a traditional aesthetic with contemporary considerations.

Jean Nouvel, Pritzker Prize, 40 Mercier, LED, awards, architecture, Institut du Monde Arabe, Quai Branley Museum, Paris, France architecture, french architecture, nouvel1.jpgInstitut du Monde Arabe/Arab World Institute – Paris, France

In Nouvel’s designs, different approaches to light, layers and transparency recur, both driven by the context of the landscapes they occupy – whether urban or rural – and transforming the surrounding environment, the sense of place [3] and the experience of the visitor. For instance, Nouvel’s Musée du quai Branly, in Paris, with vertical hanging gardens by Patrick Blanc [4], never ceases to amaze and engage.

The Pritzker jury, which included renowned architects Tadao Ando [8] and Renzo Piano among others, said of Nouvel:

Of the many phrases that may 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. For over 30 years, Nouvel has pushed architecture’s discourse and practice to new limits. His inquisitive and agile mind propels him to take great risks in each of his projects, which, regardless of varying degrees of success, have greatly expanded the vocabulary of contemporary architecture. [8]

With the 2008 Pritzker, Jean Nouvel joins architects Richard Rogers [9], Philip Johnson [10], Tadao Ando, IM Pei, Paolo Mendes De Rocha, [11] Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid [12] among the world’s most distinguished architects. A ceremony in his honor will be held June 2, 2008, in Washington, D.C., where Nouvel will receive a bronze medallion and a $100,000 grant from the Pritzker Architecture Prize [13], established by The Hyatt Foundation.

+ Pritzker Prize [5]
+ Jean Nouvel [2]

+ Pritzker Prize 2007: Richard Rogers [9]

+ Pritzker Prize 2006: Paolo Mendes De Rocha [11]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/31/jean-nouvel-named-2008-pritzker-architecture-laureate/

[2] Jean Nouvel: http://www.jeannouvel.com/

[3] (and many of us here at Inhabitat): http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/07/11/jean-nouvels-louisiana-manifesto/

[4] unforgettable structures: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/01/15/vertical-gardens-by-patrick-blanc/

[5] 2008 Pritzker Architecture Laureate: http://www.pritzkerprize.com

[6] France: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/07/arts/design/07louv.html

[7] Institut du Monde Arabe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institut_du_Monde_Arabe

[8] Tadao Ando: http://www.pritzkerprize.com/andorel.htm

[9] Richard Rogers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/03/31/and-the-prizker-goes-to-richard-rogers/

[10] Philip Johnson: http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/

[11] Paolo Mendes De Rocha,: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/04/10/pritzker-prize-goes-to-paolo-mendes-da-rocha/

[12] Zaha Hadid: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/17/civil-court-for-madrid-from-zaha-hadid/

[13] Pritzker Architecture Prize: http://www.pritzkerprize.com/full_new_site/history.htm

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