Jean Prouvé & Jean Nouvel: Ferembal House
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Jean Prouvé’s Ferembal House was built in Nancy, France, in 1948, as the office for a can factory. Composed of five axial frames clad with wooden panels, set on a tall masonry base and occupying less than 600 square feet in a single raised story, this prefabricated structure was a classic example of Prouvé’s advocacy of mobile architecture. Thirty years later, however, the company went out of business and the factory was demolished. Fortunately a Nancy resident had the wherewithal to dismantle and preserve Prouvé’s innovative building, putting it into storage. In 1991, the well-known Parisian design gallerist Patrick Seguin traveled to Nancy to locate the Ferembal House. Seguin spent the next ten years raising the funds to renovate it, working in tandem with Prouvé experts, and in 2007 invited his longstanding friend, the architect Jean Nouvel, to undertake a creative adaptation of the House. Drawing on contemporary technical resources, Nouvel brilliantly extended and systematized its fundamental modularity with stackable Ductal blocks and a floor of removable slabs. The results were exhibited in the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, in 2010. This comprehensive account of Prouvé’s posthumous collaboration with Nouvel recounts the tale of the Ferembal House with archival photographs and plans of the original structure and a detailed account of Nouvel’s inspired interventions.
Jean Nouvel: Recent Project
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A comprehensive overview of recent work by the 2008 Pritzker Prize winner, Jean Nouvel, this impressive instalment offers an in-depth and personal guide to the successes of this acclaimed French architect. Brimming with superb photos, highly detailed project drawings and explanations, it offers an inside look at the development and inspiration surrounding nineteen diverse works, both realised and in progress, from the past ten years and around the globe; among them, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Brussels-Midi Station, Doha High-Rise, Hainan Atlantis, Lascaux 4, Cuartel San Martín and the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel. An interview by Yoshi Futagawa completes the volume.
Nouvel (Taschens Basic Architecture)
Philip Jodidio (Author)
Jean Nouvel, winner of the 2008 Pritzker Prize, is widely regarded as France’s most original and important contemporary architect. From 1967 to 1970 he assisted influential architects Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, before creating his own practice in Paris. His first widely acclaimed project was theInstitut du Monde Arabe in Paris (1981–87). Since then he has completed the Lyon Opera House and the Fondation Cartier, Paris. His major completed projects since 2000 include the Culture and Convention Center in Lucerne, Switzerland, the spectacular Agbar Tower in Barcelona, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Hotel Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom with shopping mall. Jean Nouvel was the 2001 recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. In his citation, Peter Cook said of Nouvel: “In an age of blandness, imitation, or doubt, his work shines through as having both clarity and finesse, originality and lyricism.”