Paris Philharmonie wins its case against Jean Nouvel

Paris Philharmonie wins its case against Jean Nouvel


norman lebrecht

April 17, 2015

The architect claimed his concert hall had been ‘martyred’ in a rushed, botched finish. The judges disagreed.

Case closed. More here.

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  • John Borstlap says:

    It seems indeed probable that any problems of the hall are the result of the architect’s / plans / intentions. It was a bad idea in the first place to appoint a typical oldfashioned modernist architect.

    • David J Gill says:

      If Jean Nouvel is an “old-fashioned modernist architect” then give me an example of an architect that has got it right. Is he old fashioned because he is a modernist or are there modernist who have avoided being “old-fashioned”? It’s not clear what you mean or if you intend any meaning at all. Most likely you couldn’t resist the opportunity to indulge you self-righteous feelings on the subject.

      On a large complex project it is rather absurd to think that non-professional outsiders in a court of law can pick apart the events of the design and construction of such a project and lay blame entirely in the lap of one party (but, we don’t know the details of the case.) Your certainty on the subject is just cynical hostility.

  • GG says:

    I do hope that, even though Nouvel lost the case, the Philharmonie will still complete the finishing works and correct the missing elements. The building really deserves it.