a new film documenting the work and travels of french architect jean nouvel has premiered the new york film festival. directed by matt tyrnauer, the 15 minute-movie presents a new portrait of the pritzker prize-winning architect and designer. titled ‘reflections’, the film offers glimpses behind the scenes of nouvel’s much-anticipated projects such as the louvre abu dhabi and new york’s 53W53 skyscraper.

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jean nouvel at the site of the 53W53 skyscraper in new york

 

 

the documentary, which is an official selection at the 54th annual new york film festival, follows jean nouvel around the globe to paris, new york, abu dhabi, and qatar as he reflects on his landmark works. american director matt tyrnauer captures original footage at various stages of nouvel’s projects: conceptualizing, sketching, and even deciding the color of the stones to be used in the galleries of the forthcoming louvre abu dhabi.

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see more about 53W53 on designboom here

 

 

located just steps from new york’s fifth avenue, construction work began last year on 53W53. soaring above the museum of modern art (MoMA), the primarily residential tower will climb to a total height of 1,050 feet (320 meters), comparable in terms of scale to the art-deco influenced chrysler building.

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the louvre abu dhabi is currently under construction

 

 

located in the heart of the saadiyat cultural district, the expressive design of the louvre abu dhabi is defined by references to arabic culture and architecture. the geometric domed roof – measuring 180 meters in diameter – features approximately 7,000 tonnes of steel and is supported by only four concrete piers.

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see more about the louvre abu dhabi on designboom here

 

 

film profile:

 

director: matt tyrnauer
producer: altimeter films
year: 2016
duration: 15 minutes
country: USA
language: french and english, with english subtitles

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