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We're digging this French architect Jean Nouvel. He came to our attention via NPR's Morning Edition, in which he adorably apologizes for his...




We're digging this French architect Jean Nouvel. He came to our attention via NPR's Morning Edition, in which he adorably apologizes for his "stupid english" while modestly describing his career designing brilliant disappearing buildings.

Nouvel is under-recognized on our side of the Atlantic, but in Europe, has garnered the attention he deserves, winning the much-revered Pritzker Prize, and being commissioned to build in the most sacred spots (the banks of the Seine, so on). Apparently, his trademark is subtlety. (But, with exception, because while it blends with the sky and takes on the color of the sunset, we still don't think there's much subtle about his Torre Agbar building in Barcelona, which truly earned its place in Cabinet magazine's "Most Phallic Buildings in the World" list.) See photos of his designs here.


Photo: Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.






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