Floor 12: Jean Nouvel
Jean Nouvel was born in Fumel, France in 1945.
Among his titles and distinctions are the French Gran Prix National de l’Architecture (1987), the Aga Khan Prize (for work on the Arab World Institute in Paris), the Gold Medals of the French Academy of Architecture and of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Borromini Prize (conceded in 2001 for the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre) and as laureate of the Praemium Imperiale prize, created by the Japan Art Association (2001).
Among his greatest architectural achievements are the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Opera House in Lyon, the Cartier Foundation in Paris, Galeries Lafayette in Berlin, the Culture and Conference Centre in Lucerne, the Conference Centre in Tours, the commercial and office complex Andel in Prague, the Law Courts in Nantes and, most recently, the Dentsu Tower in Tokyo, the Museum of Archaeology in Périgueux and the technology and research centre in Wismar. Forthcoming projects currently being researched or under construction include offices for Aguas de Barcelona, the UEC offices in Frankfurt, headquarters of the Richemont Corporation in Genoa, the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Copenhagen’s Symphonic Hall.
When designing the project for the Hotel Puerta America, Nouvel felt it was important “to make links between freedom and pleasure”. The concept that this French architect wanted to convey in his work on the Hotel Puerta America is “crossing art and architecture, allowing people to live some exceptional moments, and creating small worlds for them to enjoy”.