Jean Nouvel has pipped David Chipperfield in the competition to redesign Vigo harbour in north-west Spain.
The French starchitect, who is already famous in Spain for his Torre Agbar in Barcelona, will mastermind a massive 288 million euro overhaul of the Atlantic port.
At the heart of the contest-winning proposals is a 90m-tall hotel building, described as a 'luminous monolith', which will sit at the end of a revamped wharf for transatlantic cruiseliners.
Other features include a huge steel footbridge, eight residential blocks and a 'Garden of the Tides', which will partially flood every day.
Chipperfield's second-place scheme (pictured below
), which netted the practice an impressive 60,000 euros in prize money, also featured a high-rise tower.
Chipperfield's 160-m tall skyscraper was to be built on a new pier/marina behind the main ferry terminal - a 'mast-like tower' surrounded by a hub of lower buildings reminiscent of the America's Cup building in Valencia.
The scheme would have housed a spa, hotel, residential units and a new viewing platform.
Officials hope the first phase of the ambitious Nouvel development will open in 2010.by Richard Waite