Façade Pavillon 6 © Viparis / L'autre image

Pavilion 6

Jean Nouvel's illuminated banners

Jean Nouvel’s plan for Pavilion 6 involves a lightweight roof from which hang a large number of illuminated banners of various sizes and colours, displaying messages connected to upcoming events.

As the start of an event approaches, the façade gradually lowers until it is fully extended and emits beams of coloured light. Like a countdown, this sequence is finally completed on the opening day. A few days before the end of the event, the reverse movement begins.


Jean Nouvel

A proponent of contextualised architecture, Jean Nouvel became known in Paris following his design for the Arab World Institute in 1987. His other Paris projects include the Cartier Foundation in 1994 and the Musée Quai Branly in 2006. He has received commissions throughout the world, including such outstanding achievements as One Central Park in Sydney, the Doha skyscraper in Qatar and the Torre Agbar in Barcelona. He is currently working on the redevelopment of the Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt, and recently completed the new Philharmonie de Paris.


Pritzker Prize, UNESCO Architecture First Prize, Golden Lion from the Venice Biennale, Grand Prix National de l’Architecture, Équerre d’argent, Wolf Foundation Prize