Jean Nouvel commissioned to design Islam Museum next to WTC

El-Gamal's plans has been dubbed controversial by many industry professionals.

August 04, 2014 |

Soho Properties’ CEO Sharif El-Gamal commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel to design the Islam Museum on a site the company purchased on 49-51 Park Place for $10.7 million, Archinect reports.

According to Curbed New York, industry professionals had previously expressed doubt that El-Gamal would find it easy to find people to collaborate with, especially that a “certain faction of people remains vocally opposed to the idea of a Muslim anything being built in Lower Manhattan.”

Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect educated at Paris’ École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, has had extensive experience designing using cues from Islamic World art, such as the critically acclaimed Arab World Institute in Paris and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

 

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