Most Innovative Companies

Ateliers Jean Nouvel

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2016 Ateliers Jean Nouvel is a French architecture and design studio founded in 1994 by the Pritzker Prize--winning architect and namesake Jean Nouvel. The firm has made its name designing iconic feats of construction, including Spain's Torre Agbar and 53W53, a high-rise luxury residential building in New York City that will feature works from the Museum of Modern Art and eclipse the Chrysler Building. But perhaps one of the firm's greatest marks in architectural history will be the Louvre Abu Dhabi--an extension of the famed Parisian museum that will sit on Saadiyat Island, just off the coast of the United Arab Emirates mainland. Spackled by sunlight cast through hundreds of differently shaped windows on the museum's domed facade (inspired by Arabian architecture), the work will showcase the UAE's interest in building great cultural centers while also bridging a massive gap between two seemingly different worlds: the East and the West. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is due to open to the public in mid-2016.
public or private: Private
profitable: Yes
staff: 180
headquarters: Paris, France
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