Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry

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Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry

The Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création will open its doors in Paris this spring. This extraordinary space for art and culture was conceived by architect Frank Gehry as a vessel whose sails soar amidst the trees of the Bois de Boulogne. The building’s construction represents unprecedented technological challenges. The building counts twelve immense glass sails, joining a longstanding tradition of glass architecture in Paris, including the Grand Palais.

Frank Gehry also drew inspiration from the Palais d’Hiver and the Palmarium, two glass and steel structures that graced the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the 19th century, bringing Parisians opportunities for discovery and elegant promenades.

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Gehry describes the 150,000-square-foot creation as looking “like a floating ship“. The architect admits that he had a grand old glasshouse in mind when submitting his plans for approval, since such a building would be looked on more favourably by planning officers. Still, there is nothing backward-looking about his designs, which did finally receive planning permission in April 2011. “We wanted to present Paris with an extraordinary place for art and culture and demonstrate daring and emotion” said Bernard Arnault, ” by entrusting Frank Gehry with construction of a building that is emblematic of the 21st century.”

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Emblematic it certainly is, in a city that is perhaps owed a new architectural landmark. Find out more about it here. The architecture is a bold dialogue between tradition and modernity, expressing “the artistic vision of the Foundation”, notes Bernard Arnault. Devoted to contemporary art, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création will enable a broad public to enjoy a multitude of artistic creations, deepening LVMH’s ongoing commitment to promoting culture. The Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la création is committed to respecting High Quality Environmental Standards (HQE), acting as a pilot project for certification of cultural buildings.

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