Jean Nouvel

Gare du Nord revamp ‘indecent’, say leading French architects

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Open letter from architects, historians and town planners attacks €600m plan to create vast shopping space in Paris railway station.

British and French architects compete with designs in Bordeaux vinyards

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Norman Foster and his great French rival Jean Nouvel separately modernise two Bordeaux wine chateaux within spitting distance of one another.

Tale of discord behind building of new Paris concert hall

Culture et idées

Jean Nouvel is one of the most celebrated architects in the world who has designed landmark buildings in Britain, the United States and the Middle East as well as in France. But his design of the new Philharmonie de Paris concert hall has led to a very public dispute and legal action after the long-delayed project ran over budget by a startling 213 million euros. Nouvel, who boycotted the concert hall's inaugural concert in January, claims that the final design of the distinctive-looking building was distorted by the client. The client, the Philharmonie's management, has in turn pointed the finger at the celebrated architect's allegedly capricious behaviour. Priscille Lafitte, a reporter on cultural affairs for public radio station Radio France Internationale, reports on the background of this ongoing saga.