The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris
During our last visit in Paris we had the opportunity to discover the Louis Vuitton Foundation. The building began in 2006 after LVMH‘s decision to create this extraordinary space for art and culture was conceived by the internationally renowned architect based in Los Angeles, 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.
The building combines all of the Frank Gehry’s methods, codes and modes of expression as it is showed through the 3D models displayed in the museum.
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 will enable a broad public to enjoy a multitude of artistic creations, deepening LVMH’s ongoing commitment to promoting culture.
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is committed to respecting High Quality Environmental Standards (HQE), acting as a pilot project for certification of cultural buildings.