Jean Nouvel

It is difficult to pin down a particular signature to Pritzker Prize winning architect, Jean Nouvel’s architecture. A dominant style eludes the casual observer. Yet, every one of Nouvel’s architecture shares a common trait – each one is designed within a context. And this trait, this attention to the architecture’s context (its environment, its neighbourhood, its city) naturally escapes a style.

Every one of Jean Nouvel’s architecture considers its geography, its history, its culture, and its epoch. Therefore, every one of Nouvel’s architecture, informed by its context, is an original.

In a sense, it is Nouvel’s approach and not a repetitive style that is his signature. It is Nouvel’s courage to push an idea to its limit, without going over the edge that is his signature. His ability to walk a fine line between a powerful gesture and functional design. His rejection of a one-size-fits-all architecture. His ability to deal with a great variety of different situations with a high level of originality. These are the strokes to his signature

His buildings are dialogues that engage the city, each with a unique story to tell. His bold strokes and the courage to push an idea to its limit are catalysts for his groundbreaking and contradicting masterpieces around the world.

Nouvel 18 showcases the master’s radical style. An exceptional architecture that is set to redefine the Singapore skyline.


On June 2, 2008, Jean Nouvel received his profession’s highest honour, the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Since catching the public’s eye with his breakthrough design of the Arab World Institute in 1981, Nouvel has gone on to hit high marks with inventive works like the Musee du Quai Branly, the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, earning him honours such as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal and the Aga Khan Prize. Driven by context, programme and site, Nouvel’s designs defy easy categorisation, but marked by the enigmatic use of light and modern technology

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