Jean Nouvel

One of the best-known French architects of recent decades, Jean Nouvel (1945) has produced work characterised by “on-going formal invention, a great mastery of the means of expression and an uncommon ability to capture the atmosphere of his times” (Garcias) since the seventies. Nouvel draws on the most diverse themes (from history to high-tech, from film to literature), to the point that it is impossible to identify a specific character in his works, other than a number of formal aspects such as “great lightness, transparency and intangibility”.

Nouvel’s career has a significant influence not only on French architecture but on aesthetics and sociology, with the renovation of Lyon Opera Theatre (1993), the Congress Centre in Tours (1993) and the Cartier Foundation in Paris (1994). Projects outside France include the Galeries Lafayette in Friedrichstrasse, Berlin (1997), Agbar Tower in Barcelona (2005), the expansion on Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh (2007), and Louvre Abu Dhabi (2007 - 2016).