Jean Nouvel — French Architect born on August 12, 1945,

Jean Nouvel is a French architect. Nouvel studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and was a founding member of Mars 1976 and Syndicat de l'Architecture. He has obtained a number of prestigious distinctions over the course of his career, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize in 2008. A number of museums and architectural centres have presented retrospectives of his work... (wikipedia)

I generally hate the luxury modern apartment with too many things out of sight and so clean you cannot touch.
I don't like the idea that one hotel could be better than another. In any city, I try to find a hotel that has the identity of that place - Claridge's in London, the Danieli or Cipriani in Venice. In New York, I stay at the Mercer Hotel; it is so much in the character of SoHo.
Each new situation requires a new architecture.
Art should be created for life, not for the museum.
It is not possible to design always the same. How to be different in each different place - that is the most important work and duty of the architect to find out.

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