Jean Nouvelborn in Fumel, France, 1945. After he enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, Jean Nouvel ranked first in the entrance examination of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1966 and obtained his degree in 1972. Assistant to the architect Claude Parent and inspired by urban planner and essayist Paul Virilio, he started his first architecture practice in 1970. Soon afterwards, he became a founding member of the “Mars 1976” Movement whose purpose was to oppose the architects’corporatism and then a founder of French Architecture Union. His strong stances and somewhat provocative opinions on contemporary architecture in the urban context together with his unfailing ability to inject originality into all the projects he undertakes have formed his international image.
His works have gained world-wide recognition through numerous prestigious French and International prizes and rewards. In 1989, The Arab World Institute in Paris was awarded the Aga-Khan Prize because of its role as “a successful bridge between French and Arab cultures”. In 2000, Jean Nouvel received the Lion d’Or of the Venice Biennale. In 2001, he received three of the highest international awards: the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Praemium Imperial of Japan’s Fine Arts Association and the Borromini Prize for the Culture and Conference Center in Lucerne. He was appointed Docteur Honoris Causa of the Royal College of Art in London en 2002. Three years later, he received the annual prize of the Wolf Foundation in Israel “for providing a new model of contextualism and redefining the dialectic between the two salient characteristics of contemporary architecture: concreteness and ephemerality”. The Agbar Tower in Barcelona was awarded the International Highrise Award 2006 in Frankfurt, “as it makes an outstanding contribution to the current debate on high-rises”. Jean Nouvel was the recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2008. In France, he received many prizes including the Gold Medal of the French Academy of Architecture, two Equerres d’Argent and National Grand Prize for Architecture.
Principal completed projects Arab World Institute (Paris - 1987), Opera House (Lyon - 1993), Cartier Foundation (Paris - 1994), Galeries Lafayette (Berlin - 1996), Culture and Congress Center KKL (Lucerne - 2000), Court House (Nantes - 2000), Dentsu Tower (Tokyo - 2002), Agbar Tower (Barcelona - 2005), extension of the Queen Sofia Arts Center (Madrid - 2005), Quai Branly museum (Paris - 2006), Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis - 2006), Richemont headquarters (Geneva - 2006), 40 Mercer housing building (New-York - 2008), Symphonic House DR Concert Hall (Copenhagen - 2009), Ferrari’s factory (Maranello - 2009), “One New Change” (London - 2010), 100 11th avenue (New-York - 2010), Sofitel Stephansdom (Vienna - 2010), City hall (Montpellier - 2011), High Rise Office Building (Doha - 2011), Renaissance Fira hotel (Barcelona - 2012), mixed use high-rise building One Central Park (Sydney - 2014), Imagine Institute (Paris - 2014), Police headquarters & Charleroi Danses extension (Charleroi - 2014), housing, offices and retails tower The White Walls (Nicosia, 2015), Philharmonie de Paris (Paris - 2015)
Principal projects currently being designed or under construction: Louvre Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi), National Museum of Qatar (Doha), “53W53, Tour de Verre” integrating the extension of the MoMA galleries (New York), National Art Museum of China NAMOC (Beijing), Learning Resource Center (Nicosia), 2 residential towers (Kuala Lumpur), 4 residential towers “Anderson 18” (Singapore), residential tower “Ardmore” (Singapore), office tower “Duo” (Paris), office tower La Marseillaise (Marseille), European Patent Office (Rijswijk), Hekla office tower (Paris), architect in charge of the coordination of the l’île Seguin urban renewal project (Boulogne-Billancourt)
In the field of design, Jean Nouvel made his first furniture projects in 1987 as part of Via’s “Carte Blanche” series. Later, he developed several collections in conjunction with his architectural projects, including the Elementary chair for the Congress Centre of Tours (Matteo Grassi, Arflex 2015), the Saint James armchair (produced today by Ligne Roset) for the hotel Saint James Bouilliac, the Figueras theatre chairs for the Opera de Lyon, and the Less tables and shelves were designed for Unifor and the Foundation Cartier in Paris (redeveloped in aluminium in 2013 under the name of Less Less), Vienna sofa for the Sofitel hotel in Vienna (Wittmann, 2011), etc.
To expand his concentration on design, Jean Nouvel created the company Jean Nouvel Design (JND) in 1995. Jean Nouvel developed more than 100 objects and furniture among which : the desk Quasi Normal (Bulo, 1996), the collection Touch (Poltrona Frau, 1999), the shelves Graduate (Molteni, 2003), the coffee service Tower (Alessi, 2004), the chair Milana (Sawaya & Moroni, 2005), the sofa Skin (Molteni, 2007), the perfume L’Homme (Yves Saint Laurent, 2007), seats Mass (Moroso, 2007), lights Riddle, Arana, Flying Surface, Paralum (Troll, 2006-2008), the table Grand Ecart (Pallucco, 2008), the Martell Amber Lamp (Martell, 2010), seats So So (Emeco, 2012), seats Mia (Emu, 2012), the chair Oxymore (Emu, 2012), the Essences collection (Eric Rouchon, 2012), Transcript (Decayeux, 2012), the door handle Chelsea (Olivari, 2012), the range Less Less (Unifor, 2013), the system Cases (Unifor, 2013), the shoes Pure (Rucoline, 2013), the table 1=2 (Cassina, 2013), lights Objective (Artemide, 2013) and Equilibrist (Artemide, 2014), seats KNP (Arflex, 2014), a chandelier for Château La Dominique (Artemide, 2015), and speakers Philharmonia (Amadeus, 2015). A collection for Roche Bobois (table, storage, lounge chair) (2016), marble carpet (Citco, 2016), Reminiscences a gold jewlery (Marbella, 2016), Pointillism ground a vinyl floor (Bolon, 2016), and a range or seats made for the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Poltrona Frau 2016). Since 2009, Jean Nouvel developed with Gagosian Gallery and Galerie Patrick Seguin three collections in limited edition: Table au Km (2011), Boite à Outils (2011), Triptyques (2014).
In the field of interior design and scenography, Jean Nouvel Design started with the exhibition space « Camion Inox in 1990. The main references of Jean Nouvel Design are: The Corian Nouvel Lumière space at the 2007 Milan Furniture Fair, the design of the exhibition “ Extreme Beauty ” for Dolce & Gabbana at the Palazzo de la Ragione in Milan (2009), and the H&M store on the Champs Elysees in Paris (2010), the scenography of Bolon Swedish brand stand in Stockholm and Milan (2012), the exhibition “Project: Office for living” at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2013, the flagshipstore of Rucoline brand in Roma and the Design Lab of Hyundai Card in Seoul in 2014, the scenography of the Wallpaper event in Milan, the building of the exhibition “Lascaux l’exposition international” in Gwangmyeong (South Korea), the Mg8 shop in Saint Jean de Luz and the Cacharel shops in Paris, Nimes, Marseille, Lille et Strasbourg (2016),
In October 2016, Jean Nouvel Design showcased in « avant-première » Simple, a prefab house designed forRevolution Precrafted during the « Fiac Hors les Murs” in Paris. Parallèlement, Jean Nouvel was invited by the musée des Arts décoratifs to present, for the first time, his work as a designer (Jean Nouvel, mes meubles d’architecte).