Fondation Louis Vuitton by Frank Gehry takes shape in Paris.
Photography © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Florence Joubert / Nicolas Borel / Mohamed Khalfi / Louis-Marie Dauzat.
Construction is entering its final stages at the ‘Fondation Louis Vuitton‘, six years after work began within Paris’ historic bois de boulogne park. the cultural complex, designed by Frank Gehry, houses a range of contemporary art works, accommodating a permanent collection alongside temporary and traveling exhibitions. The venue will also stage multi-disciplinary performances, meetings and debates in addition to educational activities targeted towards a younger audience. The completed building is scheduled to open to the public in autumn, 2014.
The design is strongly influenced by the lightness and fluidity of late 19th century glass and garden architecture. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton.
When developing initial ideas for the scheme, Gehry was strongly influenced by the lightness and fluidity of late 19th century glass and garden architecture. Consequently, the project is characterized by its innovative use of glazing, utilizing a recently developed method that allows the material to be curved in accordance with millimeter specific requirements. ‘I dream of designing, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolizing the cultural calling of France’, declared the 1989 Pritzker laureate.
The project utilizes an engineering method that allows glass to be curved to millimeter specific requirements. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Twelve expansive sails made from 3,600 panes of glass lend the project a bright and transparent quality, while below, the structure is composed of a series of white blocks – referred to as the ‘iceberg’. placed in a specially designed basin, the building sits organically within the green space next to an adjacent area of woodland, fully integrated within the park’s natural environment.
Twelve expansive glazed sails lend the structure a bright and transparent quality. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The building sits organically within the park, next to an adjacent woodland area. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The twelve sails contain 3,600 panes of glass. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Louis-Marie Dauzat.
The scheme becomes fully integrated within the park’s natural environment. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Mohamed Khalfi.
Visitors to the park are offered glimpses of the distinctive structure. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Louis-Marie Dauzat.
‘Fondation Louis Vuitton’ shown in context. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton.
An aerial view of the building which has been six years in construction. Image © Fondation Louis Vuitton. Source: designboom.com