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04 May 2020

This month’s chasing the tree architect is Jean Nouvel. He was born in Fumel (France) on 12 August 1945. Novel won an international competition as ranked first to attend École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He won the competition and was accepted to the school.

He completed his architecture degree in 1972. As one of the founding members of the Mars 1976 movement, he had become a prominent name in his field in very short time.

Jean Novel was awarded by Arab World Institute (Paris) and won Aga Khan Awards in 1989 and also he won the Pritzker Prize for the Torrre Agbar project in Barcelona in 2008.

While Jean Nouvel completed many works in Europe, Asia and America, he currently works at the Ateliers Jean Nouvel  (AJN) architecture office where is owned by his.

Prominent Work with Use of Wood Based Materials

One Central Park

The construction on One Central Park in Sydney (Australia) was begun in 2008 and completed in 2014. It includes two buildings (116m and 64,5m in height) and it has 623 apartments in total.

Nouvel worked with the French botanist and artist Patrick Blanc for the landscaping. Nearly %50 of the total facade was covered in plants. One Central Park feels like a vertical extension of the nearby park. This affects not only apartment residents where is next to the park, but also it creates a strong green symbol for the city skyline.

In 2014, the project was awarded with the “Overall Winner” and “Best Sustainable Development of the Year” by Leaf Awards; “Design&Innovation” and “High Density Development” by UDIA NSW Awards; and “International Green Infrastructure Award” by World Green Infrastructure Congress.


Torre Rosewood

The construction Torre Rosewood was started in 2012 in São Paulo (Brazil) and still continues today. It was designed as a 93m high residence tower and hotel.

In the open working spaces, trees, bushes, curved branches, and other wood-based materials stacked upon each other were used to provide privacy.

Jean Nouvel emphasizes that a tower should have roots just like a tree and he points out that Torre Rosewood as an extension of the Matazzo Park. Thus, he prefer using same trees in the building as the ones in Matazzo Park.

Musee du quai Branly

The construction on the Musée du quai Branly  was started in 1999 in Paris (France) and completed in 2006. The museum was built in a special area, and every little detail inside focuses on the primary object. Triggering emotions toward the said object, protecting it from light, but at the same time allowing necessary light to reflect on it to keep it alive. The Musée du quai Branly is truly a unique but strange and also poetic but uncomfortable.

The structure challenges available Western expression on creativity. It truly has an unexpected character. Cutting-edge techniques were used to create this effect. The windows are quite large and transparent. Randomly placed trees or long pillars and wooden sun protection which can easily be mistaken for totems, support photovoltaic batteries.

Jean Nouvel gives an importance to use of wood-based material. Not only he creates structures, but he makes sure to create majority of the furniture which will be used inside. He established Jean Nouvel Design in 1995 and pointed out that he considers it a supplementary power for his architectural firm.

Although Jean Nouvel follows the tradition of philosopher architects, he rejects tags. While he states that he doesn’t see any difference between designing a chair and designing a building, he put forward his perspective on architecture and design.

While Jean Nouvel completed many works in Europe, Asia and America, he currently works at the Ateliers Jean Nouvel  (AJN) architecture office where is owned by his.