Jean Nouvel, (born August 12, 1945) 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 (technically, the prize was awarded for the Institut du Monde Arabe which Nouve...read more
Floating in the Air, new European Patent Office (EPO) building by Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photo of the EPO's new main building in The Hague. ©Ronald Tilleman for European Patent Office
A building of noble proportions whose materiality is disturbing and total geometric abstraction, this is the new project by Ateliers Jean Nouvel.
The new proposal of Ateliers Jean Nouvel for the European Patent Office (EPO) bets on geometry, dematerialization and symbolism. This project, calm and serene, assumes the color of the sky through the clear, slightly iridescent glass of its facades and the stainless steel of the horizontal lines that give it rhythm.