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Nouvel: 'Strategy required for tall buildings'

French architect Jean Nouvel has spoken about the need for a strategy when approving tall buildings

‘I think towers are like a joker,’ he said. ‘You can play the card sometimes. It’s a very useful tool. But if you put towers in every place, it’s ridiculous.

‘You can decide to put high buildings in different places but you have to know where you are going. You have to have a target.

Nouvel said the Lloyds Building was an example of a tall building done well.

‘High rise buildings are a part of important cities today,’ he said. ‘The real question is where you do that and with which strategy.

‘It is always a big question, the transformation of historical cities. We have the same problem in Paris.

‘If you don’t move important parameters you have a completely frozen city. We need to protect some neighbourhoods but you have to find a real way to transform the city to keep it alive.’

‘In Paris, high rise buildings are like acupuncture,’ Nouvel added. ‘It has to be precise. In very important cities you can’t put towers in historical perspectives – unless you decide to change the historical perspective with a strategy for a new skyline.’

The One New Change designer was in London this week for the opening of his Triptyques exhibition.

Nouvel’s Triptyques are three-panelled coloured mirrors, where the central panel is fixed to the wall, while flanking and cantilevered panels are movable.

Four mirrors are presented, each with different colours and orientations. Six of each mirror have been made for sale.

Nouvel said: ‘The mirror is a piece that you want to live with, in which you reflect intimate images.’

The exhibition runs at the Gagosian Davies Street gallery until 31 May.

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