Conference Center, Tours, France


Related people
Addison Godel (was created by)
Jean Nouvel (architect)
Date
1989-1993
Description
"The new building is simultaneously a monument and a natural consequence of the site. Seen from the boulevard and the station, the Conference Center is an arrowhead directed towards the park. From the covered place beneath the prow of the great, slightly rounded roof, one can see and feel the center's belly and its depth, with its three suspended halls clad in gunmetal gray. These three main halls are clearly separated by transparent slots. A broken line of escalators along their flanks leads to the halls, and also to a large 4000 sq m exhibition space beneath the roof. The restaurant commands a strategic position in the building's prow. Each element of this symmetrical and rigorously organized building complements the other. The double stairs are symmetrically suspended, and read as lanterns when illuminated. At night, light from an unseen source in the central core projects superimposed shadows of frames and materials. In its response to the street and the gardens, the Tours Conference Center is a paradox between external simplicity and internal complexity, between density and the transparency, between symmetry and diversity. I hope that the thread of contradictions renders it a natural and obvious building, clearly made to be where it is." - Jean Nouvel
Style/Period
1980s (1980 - 1989)
1990s (1990 - 1999)