Initially Jean Nouvel dreamed of becoming a painter, but at the end, he chose architecture, that for him is “visual art, production of images”. Jean Nouvel is the last of the existentialists, black is his colour, cinema his inspiration. He is an architect of the present moment.
Jean Nouvel opened his studio after graduating at the National School of Fine Art in Paris in 1972. His turning point arrived in 1981, when he won the competition for the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.
Since then he has received a number of awards, such as the Grand Prix National d’Architecture, the Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Leone d’oro from Biennale di Venezia. In 2008 he won the prestigious Pritzker Award, the ‘Nobel prize’ in the field of architecture.
The aim of the Atelier Jean Nouvel is to develop an “architecture of design”, to design objects, which are suited to the spirit of the age.