Architect Jean Nouvel to design Paris concert hall

6th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 6, 2007 (AFP) - Star French architect Jean Nouvel has been awarded a 200-million-euro (266-million-dollar) contract to design a new philharmonic concert hall in Paris, the group in charge of the project said Thursday.

PARIS, April 6, 2007 (AFP) - Star French architect Jean Nouvel has been awarded a 200-million-euro (266-million-dollar) contract to design a new philharmonic concert hall in Paris, the group in charge of the project said Thursday.

Nouvel, 61, whose recent high-profile projects include Paris' new Quai Branly museum of tribal arts, beat five international design firms for the contract.

The other top contenders were Coop Himme(l)blau from Austria, Britain's Zaha Hadid, MVRDV of the Netherlands, and Christian de Portzamparc and Francis Soler from France.

In the world of music, Nouvel has carried out the renovation of the Lyon opera house in eastern France and designed the Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne, Switzerland, one of the world's top symphonic auditoriums.

For the 2,400-seat Paris concert hall, due to open in 2012 in the La Villette district on the city's northeastern rim, Nouvel will work in partnership with the Australian acoustics company Marshall Day.

The project will be co-financed by the French state, the city of Paris, and its region.


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