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a+u 2019:08 Feature: Arabic Context and Culture – 3 Projects by Jean Nouvel

a+u 2019:08

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The August issue of a+u is organized into two sections, featuring recent architectural projects that span a considerable geographic distance. In the first, we trace the development of Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s National Museum of Qatar and Louvre Abu Dhabi, and re-examine the earlier Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA). These projects are then contextualized in an essay by Michael Webb, which speculates on the history and influence of Islamic aesthetics as well as the urban implications of Nouvel’s recent work.

With the exception of Valerio Olgiati’s Pearling Path Visitors Center, the issue’s second section consists of recent cultural projects developed outside of the Arabic context, such as Frank O. Gehry’s Luma Arles Arts Resource Centre and Smiljan Radić’s Teatro Regional del Biobio. It also features residential work scaling from Peter Zumthor’s Secular Retreat to Peter Märkli’s Apartment Building Güetliweg.

a+u Arabic Context and Culture—3 Projects by Jean Nouvel includes:

1. Jean Nouvel

National Museum of Qatar

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA)

Abstracting Islamic Architecture
Micheal Webb

2. Recent Projects

Pearling Path Visitors Center
Valerio Olgiati

Céline Flagship Store
Valerio Olgiati

Luma Arles Arts Resource Centre
Frank O. Gehry

Teatro Regional del Bíobío
Smiljan Radić

Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en
Nouvelle-Aquitaine (MÉCA)
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Apartment Building Güetliweg
Peter Märkli

Secular Retreat
Peter Zumthor

Vatican Chapel for La Biennale di Venezia
Eduardo Souto de Moura

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
Andrew Bromberg at Aedas

The Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District
Angela Pang