The incredible-looking Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Architect: Jean Nouvel Artist: Pipilotti Rist

The incredible-looking Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Architect: Jean Nouvel Artist: Pipilotti Rist

Institut du Monde Arabe by Jean Nouvel  Paris, France, 1987.   From a distance, the south facade at the Arab World Institute, Nouvel's breakthrough building, looks like a Moorish latticework balcony screen. But on closer inspection it turns out to be a wall of metal-frame iris lenses designed to open and close in response to the sun.

Institut du Monde Arabe by Jean Nouvel Paris, France, 1987. From a distance, the south facade at the Arab World Institute, Nouvel's breakthrough building, looks like a Moorish latticework balcony screen. But on closer inspection it turns out to be a wall of metal-frame iris lenses designed to open and close in response to the sun.

Foundation Cartier | Jean Nouvel. Paris 1994. No matter what time of day, it looks like a mirage.

Foundation Cartier | Jean Nouvel. Paris 1994. No matter what time of day, it looks like a mirage.

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