Sunday, June 5, 2011

Foundation Cartier

Foundation Cartier

Arab Institute

Musee du quai Branly

Over the course of the trip we looked at three buildings by Jean Nouvel. The Musee du quai Branly, built in 2006, Foundation Carter built in, 1994 and the Arab Institute built in 1986. The last building of his we looked out really encompassed his over all ideas, the Foundation Cartier. This building took the large glass facade of the Arab institute and pulled it out on to the street. Unlike the his building the Musee du quai Branly, this glass facade is not playing or connecting to the other french buildings it is a bit set back and much higher than the other buildings. Like the Musee du quai Branly it deals with the reflective glass that plays with the of what nature is behind the glass and what is in front of the street. This glass wall does not have the impact that the Musee du quai Branly . However the Foundation Cartier plays more with the reflection of structure amongst the trees. There is also the same glass glass wall is mimicked in the buildings facade and extended through out. But in this glass wall there is cutouts where trees grew from it, which added a different element. I am not quite sure what to make of this, yet. I am amazed at how you could see his thinking from building to building, seeing his evolution. I am looking forward to further looking into his architecture.

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