The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Jean Nouvel's Design for Signal Tower at Financial District La Defense Selected
Design of Signal Tower by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

PARIS.- Jean Nouvel, winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize 2008, has been selected to design the 71 story high Signal tower in the financial district La Defense in Paris.

Nouvel's winning design calls for a building 301 metres high - the height of the Eiffel Tower - with a surface of 140,000 square metres that will comprise four atria, a hotel, offices, residences, shops and restaurants.

Containing office space, shops, apartments and a four-starhotel, the building will be a symbol of the city's developmentbeyond its traditional borders, the head of the developmentbody EPAD said.

Europe's largest business district, La Defense is used by 400,000 people each day, is home to 2,500 company headquarters as well as 20,000 residents, but it has often been criticized as a cold, faceless place to live and work.

Cost of the project is estimated at about 600 million euros (948 million dollars), and construction is scheduled to be completed by Christmas 2013.

Among the numerous significant buildings Nouvel has designed are the Arab World Institute in Paris, Barcelona's Torre Agbar, the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is currently being built.

The team has chosen to locate its project at the Porte Ouest to open up the La Défense neighbourhood to Puteaux.

This project’s ambition is to create a strong hub at the heart of the Greater Paris region, creating a significant draw at the same time as establishing a relationship between the project and its natural and built-up environment, embodying the various temporal considerations which strengthen the links between a project and its environs.

The project comprises 71 storeys, forming a mixed-use building which brings together apartments, hotels, offices and retail premises in the lower section.
It is made up of four blocks piled one on top of the other with atriums forming huge windows, each facing in alternate directions. These perspectives reveal floor levels which form balconies within each of the atriums.

Ateliers Jean Nouvel is one of the largest architectural practices in France, and Jean Nouvel is renowned for being one of the most innovative architects at an international level.

Nouvel studied architecture at the Bordeaux School of Fine Arts in 1964 and came first in the entrance examination for the Paris National Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1972.

After his first striking achievement, the Maison Dick at Saint-André-les-Vergers in 1976, he designed the Val-Notre-Dame Hospital in Bezons (1976) and the Anne Franck Junior High school in Antony (1978). In 1981, he was selected to carry out the first major work built during Mitterand’s programme of ‘grands travaux’, the Arab World Institute, the mashrabiyah facade of which has become a familiar landmark. He went on to design the Nemausus social housing project in Nîmes, the Lyon Opera House - for which he topped existing walls with a huge glass canopy - and the all-glass Fondation Cartier building in 1994.

The Lucerne Culture and Conference Centre, inaugurated in 1999, sealed his international reputation. He was subsequently entrusted with the Dentsu Tower in Tokyo, the Reina Sofía Museum extension, the Agbar Tower and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. He has retained an interest in the Dordogne, designing Vesunna, Périgueux’s Gallo-Roman museum, and transforming the church of St Mary in Sarlat into a covered market. Jacques Chirac chose him for the construction of the Quai Branly Museum, inaugurated on June 23, 2006.

Jean Nouvel set up his own practice in 1994 under the name «Ateliers Jean Nouvel». He now heads up a team of 140 staff and has agencies in Paris, the United States, Spain and Abu Dhabi to oversee completion of his latest projects: the Life Marina in Ibiza, the Abu Dhabi Louvre, the Copenhagen auditorium, the Paris Philharmonic Concert Hall (part of the Cité de la Musique), the Hines Tower in Manhattan and the green-swathed SunCal tower in Santa Monica.

Jean Nouvel has won many prizes and awards, including the Pritzker Architecture Prize on March 30, 2008.

Today's News

May 29, 2008

International Dealers Have $1.6 Billion of Art on Offer at the Moscow World Fine Art Fair

Rufino Tamayo's $7.2 Million Trovador Sets New World Auction Record for Latin American Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art Presents Work by Internationaly Renowned Sculptor Anish Kapoor

Jean Nouvel's Design for Signal Tower at Financial District La Defense Selected

Warhol: Larger Than Life Set to Open at The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Gustav Klimt: Painting, Design and Modern Life in Vienna 1900 at Tate Gallery Liverpool

Utopia/Dystopia: The Photographs of Geoffrey James at The National Gallery of Art in Canada

MoMA Presents The Bourne Trilogy of Thrillers as Part of Inaugural World Science Festival

Charlotte Houman's Waterdreams at the Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen

Psycho Buildings Opens at The Hayward Gallery in London

Sotheby's to Hold its African and Oceanic Art Sale on June 11 in Paris

In and Around the Garden: Perspectives East and West on View at The Ackland Art Museum

Nordic Moods: Landscape Photography of Our Time at Arken

Trailing Sisi: Carriages, Clothes, Curios of the Empress Elisabeth of Austria at The Kunsthistorisches Museum

Cleveland Museum of Art Commissions New Ad Campaign

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful