We have a new Pritzker Prize winner, 2008 gives us France’s Jean Nouvel. His site features a nice flash vision of his works, past present and future. Some of them look fascinating and certainly worthy of a closer look. One potential stand-out is the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, with its frame-like dome. Lets hope the reality lives up to the CG imagery which looks quite stunning. There is a definitive trend towards this style of architecture (like the birds nest, water cube, OMA’s work and plenty of others). Have a look at Marcus Fairs’ article on DeZeen and some stunning images included below.

“We have covered it with a large dome, a form common to all civilizations. Made of a web of different patterns interlaced into a translucent ceiling, the dome lets a diffuse magical light enter the space in the tradition of great Arabian architecture.” Quote from Ateliers Jean Nouvel.

[Images of Jean Nouvel’s design for the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the dezeen article]

And if you think that’s amazing – check out the design for the Dubai Opera House which takes this idea somewhere even more … well … remarkable …
DeZeen has a nice page for this project as well.