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Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

Image © Iwan Baan

Six years after construction began, the ‘fondation louis vuitton‘ is ready to open its doors to the public for the first time. Set within Paris’ historic bois de boulogne park, the frank gehry-designed museum houses a range of contemporary art works, accommodating a permanent collection alongside temporary and traveling exhibitions.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

Set within paris’ historic bois de boulogne park, the museum houses a range of contemporary art works. Image © Iwan Baan

The structure is composed of an assemblage of white blocks clad in panels of fiber-reinforced concrete, with twelve glazed ‘sails’ supported with structural wooden beams. The entrance foyer at ground floor level is activated with a restaurant and a bookstore, while an adjacent multi-purpose volume can be used as an auditorium capable of accommodating 350 guests.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

The structure is composed of an assemblage of white blocks clad in panels of fiber-reinforced concrete. Image © Todd Eberle

Seeking to bring a sense of nature inside the building, large amounts of glazing enable expansive views across the parkland, while sculptural stairways lead visitors to rooftop gardens and further gallery space. the venue will also stage multi-disciplinary performances, meetings and debates, in addition to educational activities targeted towards a younger audience.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

12 glazed ‘sails’ are supported with structural wooden beams. Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

In total, the sails contain 3,600 panes of glass. Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

Large expanses of glazing enable views across the parkland. Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

The design is strongly influenced by the lightness and fluidity of late 19th century glass and garden architecture. Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

The entrance foyer at ground floor level is activated with a restaurant and a bookstore. Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

Image © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

Stairways lead visitors to rooftop gardens and further gallery space. Images © Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in paris

The project utilizes an engineering method that allows glass to be curved to millimeter specific requirements. Image © Todd Eberle. Source: designboom.com

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