Lace of Steel

Born in 1945, Jean Nouvel, the world famous French architect studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (for the ‘Institut du Monde Arabe’), the Wolf Prize in Arts in 2005 and the Pritzker Prize (for the ‘Torre Agbar’) in 2008 he has got some of the world’s premier architecture prizes.

Including these works, Jean Nouvel has worked on more than 200 projects till 1987. Not only giant pieces of arts, he has designed performance spaces, conference halls, museums, restaurants, even some bus terminals and so on. He has mostly noted by the 38-story skyscraper/ tower, the ‘Torre Agbar’ which is located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.  One his masterpieces that were honored him with the Pritzker Prize as we mentioned. A structure, which has also a role as a inspirer…

Located in a West Asian sovereign Arab state, Qatar, Jean Nouvel’s brand new wonderwork challenges the skies like her name, Burj Doha. ‘The Big Tree’ Tower. Her eponym, Doha, is the capital city of the state of Qatar. Giving a bright scenery to her newborn, it is the located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Burj Doha has a lace-like layered facade which was inspired mostly from the local culture.  This complex but comforting pattern also gives another unique feature to the tower. It has 46 floors above and 3 floors below ground and a total gross floor area of approximately 110,000 m² with 8 panoramic, 4 high rise lifts. More than 200 meters high, Burj Doha has landscaped with green areas in a unique design. They cover more than 40% of the land area and contain a vertical garden which is the first of its kind in the State of Qatar.

Till now, around the gulf, there were only the colors of steel and the sea. Now it seems that Jean Nouvel’s touch will bring lots of new feature flavoured challenges to the state of Qatar.

For the sake of art…

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