About this set

All Jean Nouvel's work shown here is in France where he is one of the leading architects.

Fondation Cartier, Boulevard Raspail, Paris 14: an all-glass building surrounded by a small garden. A glass screen in front of it maintains the continuity of the street frontage. Above are offices and below are storage and car-parking. The double-height ground floor and first basement house changing exhibitions of contemporary art (images 1 - 10).

Arab Institute, Quai St. Bernard, Paris 5: with P. Soria, G. Lezenes and Architecture Studio. This was the first of the Presidential "Grands Projets". The Institute is a cultural centre. The building is in two parts linked by a patio and a top-level bridge. The part facing the river matches the curve of the Boulevard St. Germain. The entrance façade on the other side matches the height of the Sorbonne which it faces across a great space. It pays lip service to Arab geometry (the mushrabiya) in aluminium (images 11 - 20). You can hear Nouvel describe this project on Pidgeon Digital in Symbolic Statements.

Opera House, Place Tolozan, Lyon: the vaulted glass roof that Nouvel added to the 19th century opera house covers the dance studio and offices (images 21 - 26).

Némaussus, Avenue du General Leclerc, near Peripherique Salvador Allende, Nîmes; and CLM/BBPQ Offices, Avenue P. Poli, St. Germain, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, Paris (images 27 - 45).