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Nouvel loses legal bid to undo Philharmonie de Paris ‘sabotage’

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Jean Nouvel has failed in his legal bid to remedy design changes which allegedly ‘savaged and sabotaged’ his Philharmonie de Paris concert hall

Earlier this year the Pritzker Prize-winning architect called for ‘amending work’ to remedy 26 incidents of ‘non-compliance’ with his original design.

However a Paris court on 16 April concluded Nouvel failed to provide enough evidence showing his initial designs for the £280 million building had been defied, according to The Daily Telegraph.

In a statement, the court said documents Nouvel supplied ‘do not allow the court to assess the work asked for in its definitive state, both globally and in detail.’

Parapets, foyers, facades and the 2,400-seat concert hall itself would have required modification had the application been approved. Nouvel also demanded his name and image be removed from all references to the structure.

The legal bid came after the architect boycotted the concert hall’s opening in January, claiming he had been falsely blamed for cost overruns and delays.

At the time, Nouvel argued the building was incomplete and its January opening ‘did not allow the architectural and technical requirements to be respected.’

Writing in Le Monde, he argued he became a ‘scapegoat’ when costs escalated amid delays caused by the global financial crisis in 2011.  

Nouvel won a contest for the building – located in Paris’ north east Parc de La Vilette district – in 2007.

The building – funded by the French government and City of Paris – was originally scheduled to cost £100 million and open in September 2012.






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