“Martyred” Nouvel loses Paris concert hall court case


Jean Nouvel has lost a court case against the Paris Philharmonie concert hall, with a French court ruling that the architect did not provide enough proof that his original designs for the building had been flouted.

Nouvel first sought legal action to renovate 26 areas of the publicly funded building to his original designs, including fireplaces, facades, and the 2,400-seat concert hall itself.

This took place after he refused to attend the building’s opening which he said was too early, and did not allow “the architectural and technical requirements to be respected”.


However the court decided there was not enough evidence to prove project managers deviated from his plans, and stated documents provided “do not allow the court to assess the work asked for in its definitive state, both globally and in detail”.

Earlier this year Nouvel claimed the structure displayed “contempt for architecture, for the profession and for the architect of the most important French cultural programme of the new century”.

“The architecture is martyred, the details sabotaged,” he wrote in a scathing editorial in French newspaper Le Monde, “so taxpayers will have to pay, once again, to correct these aberrational decisions.”


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