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original sketch, the work of Frank Gehry for the foundation is the inaugural artistic gesture.
"With the Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin d'Acclimation, the idea of ​​a glass pavilion at once has become a must. It seemed out of place to design a solid object: my quest was to express the idea of ​​transparency “, said Gehry, who imagined a beautiful ship among the trees.

A series of metal curves inspired by sailing and fishing boats structures and abstract works of the painter, Frank Stella honor the Louis Vuitton store windows. Paying tribute to famous structures of the US-Canadian architect, these sailing themed windows give the illusion of movement, as
s’ they floated in the wide open sea.

Materials architecture
transparent glass,
Laminated glass screen printed - 3584 panels,
glued laminated glulam,
Stone Rocheron,
fiber concrete to ultra-high performance Ductal® -19 000 panels,
steel painted gray,
In developed aggregate area 11 000 m2, dont 7 000 m2 available to the public, Frank Gehry building offers :11 Contemporary Art Galleries,
a modular auditorium 360 at 1 000 places,
terraces with exceptional views of the district of Paris La Défense.
Created at the initiative of Bernard Arnault 2006 by LVMH and its houses, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is in patronage for art and culture developed by the group for over twenty years.
Its ambition disadvantaged and promote artistic creation in the national and international level.

This is the future LVMH foundation designed by architect Frank Gehry : the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation and Contemporary Art ...

The Louis Vuitton Foundation open. Located close to the Zoological Gardens in Paris, This impressive building in the shape of a glass yacht was designed by architect Frank Gehry.
For some time, visitors can observe zoological gardens, through the beeches, pines and the Bois de Boulogne ancient oaks, curious glass structures in which play the clouds ...

Frank Gehry : "I wanted to create an instant impression"

The future Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation is the most masterful gesture of this sacred monster.
83 years, Canadian-American architect, white mane, generous smile, is still active.

Awarded the Pritzker Prize (Nobel architects) in 1989, Canadian-American Frank Gehry is already the author of dozens of famous buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or the Dancing House in Prague.

For the Louis Vuitton Foundation, he imagined a covered building of twelve glass veils.

Large Steps –

Frank Gehry arrives in Beijing, where he is competing against his old friend Jean Nouvel and Zaha Hadid, for the future National Art Museum of China (Namoc).
It still top secret project, given the political uncertainties, should house the modern and contemporary art collections. It will be located near the famous "Bird's Nest", the Olympic Stadium Basel duo Herzog and de Meuron. As it does every three months from the project launch 2001, Frank Gehry in Paris to measure the progress of the future Louis Vuitton Foundation which will be inaugurated in spring 2014,
in the Bois de Boulogne.
This laureate 1989 the Pritzker Prize, which received the Golden Lion, in 2008, for all of his work by the jury of the XI Venice Biennale, Bernard Arnault has designed a huge glass cloud surrounding what Gehry calls “l'Iceberg”. He then signs the strongest architectural gesture of an atypical career where he has tried to push the boundaries of possibility. This building, which is also the showcase of technological know-how, earned the Louis Vuitton Foundation BIM Excellence Award (Building Information Model) awarded by the American Institute of Architects. Exclusively, Frank Gehry book Figaro Genesis design.

You always said that the success of a project held in the personality of its sponsor.
How you met Bernard Arnault ?
Oh, I almost forgot. It was there nearly ten years ... Bernard Arnault, who was shocked by visiting the Guggenheim Bilbao, contacted me.
He invited me to Paris for me to discover the places where he planned to install his future foundation.
I was overwhelmed with emotion. Right now, I imagined Marcel Proust, Strolling in the nineteenth century in the garden of acclimatization.

How did the idea of ​​this incredible cloud ?

To reach such a slender construction and in total harmony with the Bois de Boulogne, he had to build the glass. The idea of ​​the cloud came to me because the glass has historical legitimacy in this garden.
Create a massive building did not seem appropriate to me. To show art in such an architecture, I designed a double skin as a glass veil referring to browser I am. Like the ever changing world, this sail change with the seasons, hours and lights. I wanted to create an instant printing.
My first drawing expresses this fluid line moving. This architecture should be like a dream.
But we must live it. Climb the stairs through this transparent cloud to appreciate how the building opens onto the garden and how nature enters inside.

Is it a symbol architecture for Paris?

I love this city. It's my favorite city. I lived a year in the years 1960. I discovered the good wine and I began to speak fluent French. It is a great honor to work there, because it is not easy for foreign architects to exist in Paris. I would not have made such architecture elsewhere. Bernard Arnault offered me this wonderful opportunity.
This is a very personal program, tailor-made, which evolved into talking with him. He was personally involved, without preconceptions, looking every detail. There were no battles.
I respected his wishes, to the extent possible for such building. He wanted the museum to be built this garden for children. It's a great collaboration, generous and constructive!
To design an architecture, it was necessary to use advanced technology.

Was it new for you?

To give shape to my designs, I first worked hand-on models.
I do not know how I made, 30 or 40! I then developed CAD software from the tool Dassault Systèmes Catia.
This is unique. Everything was wonderfully coordinated and rhythmic, like a Swiss watch !
This future Louis Vuitton Foundation is already announced as a consecration.

Understand your success?

Non. I do not think. Success does not guide my life. I continue to focus on my work. I lived the experience in Bilbao. All were against me. Finally, artists were happy. Twombly has made his last show. The curator of the exhibition was told that it was a terrible place. He called me to thank me when I was in the hospital to ensure that my daughter was going to die. A very poignant moment. Rauschenberg had a great influence on me. He loves this museum. This is essential for designers to have a "great" place to sublimate their works.

Is it not thanks to the artists that you have become a great architect?

When I arrived in Canada, at 17 years, California was facing Asia but not to Europe.
She was under the influence of Japan and China.
Frank Lloyd Wright is loved but not Le Corbusier and Gropius. I have many affinities with Alvar Aalto.
I like its free forms. I also see the cathedrals. I was very angry against my teachers not showing me how it was great.
When I started, in the years 1960, My first building in Los Angeles, it was a flood of criticism from architects. That is why, I turned to artists – Jasper ­Johns, Rosenquist, Chamberlain –
who invited me to their workshop. I was more comfortable with their way of thinking.
They had a less radical vision, of benefit in line with my architecture design, free, open to the world.

Did you imagine building such a museum in Paris?

When Daniel Buren, Michael Asher and Bucklow came into my house 1978, they told me: "If you have to draw a museum, One day, you must do your best. "It was a flash to surpass me. Today, right here, in Paris,
I never imagined that this building would be the most complex my life.

But what a fabulous project for Paris and France ...

[watercolors, 21x60cm on watercolor moleskine notebook]

From left to right: Claude Maisonnier (X-Ponts and architect) Deputy General Director of Setec Bâtiment, responsible for the management of the control group to work, Marc Chalaux (architect) CTO facades and project director for RFR, control mission work envelopes and windows,Louis-Marie Dauzat (engineer ESTP) Engineering manager Quadrature, holder of the mission of SFX
(technical assistance for project management), et Matthew King
(engineer from the University of Leeds, in England) Associate T / E / S / S, responsible for concept.


To inaugurate the building, an exhibition in honor of the building ...
Parisian architectural décoiffant, the Museum of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the heart of the Bois de Boulogne,
in the west of the capital.

Curiosity is the rendezvous, As the hype was present around the opening, the 27 October with François Hollande and the master of the, Bernard Arnault, the building over 100 millions of euros, signed by the American architect Frank Gehry.

More, as has become a habit since the same Frank Gehry built the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, in 1997, the building is the number one attraction, much more than what it shows.

The construction starts 2008 at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, west of Paris, right next to the former Musée national des Arts et Traditions Populaires. The site was previously occupied by a… bowling. The building dominates the Zoological Gardens (North) and revert to the City of Paris 2062, at the end of the current concession. It could become a bright city museum.



View of the Louis Vuitton Foundation designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to the Bois de Boulogne in Paris 17 October 2014. The building takes the form of a sailboat among the trees of the Bois de Boulogne, consists of twelve huge glass sails, and is part of the long tradition of architectural glass like the Grand Palace. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY
France, Paris, Foundation Louis Vuitton architect Frank Gehry.

Under the flashy intertwined letters L&V

The building certainly raises enthusiasm, whatever the initial reserves, and also the ambiguity of entering a museum passing under the flashy intertwined letters L&V, Louis Vuitton, symbol of nouveau riche luxury wedding, finance, and art ...

And no doubt he will await the last phase of the discovery of architecture ; the sentence, also, self-celebration of the building and its talented architect, to see what the museum has to offer. For now, it is an architectural feat, much more than a museum proposal, that attracts the public.

This is exactly what Bernard Arnault wanted by using one of the megastars of world architecture.




Developed in close consultation with the architecture of Frank Gehry, “The Observatory of Light” is a specific project site by the artist French artist Daniel Buren. With a color scheme, projections, reflections and transparencies, Daniel Buren's intervention sheds new light on the Foundation building . this video, with interviews of thr artist himself, artistic director Suzanne Pagé visitors and provides more ideas on art project.

The Auditorium of the Louis Vuitton Foundation with the stage curtain and works of Ellsworth Kelly.
© Louis Vuitton Foundation / Stéphan Gladieu

The exhibitions of the Louis Vuitton Foundation are certainly remarkable, they should not overshadow the many cultural and educational activities of the Auditorium, open for over a year to all living forms of artistic expression.
convertible 350 1 000 places, the concert hall is part of the project right profile of Frank Gehry, providing artists and the public a unique setting, for its architecture and the quality of its equipment.
The Excellence Classes, for example, and give the opportunity to young talents to mix a confirmed musician and enjoy artistic and professional coaching sessions.
Each session results in parallel in master classes open to the public
morning and late afternoon concerts. See you 19 and 20 December, for Excellence class of the famous French cellist Gautier Capuçon. January 15, the young pianist Jean-Paul Gasparian give a recital.

Ticketing and information www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr
8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 16e
Such. 01 40 69 96 00

“Inside the Horizon”, work of Olafur Eliasson designed for the Louis Vuitton Foundation
Photo © Valerie Oddos / Culturebox / France Télévisions

Louis Vuitton Foundation – Frank Gehry Paris 16eme – France




© Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

© Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

© Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

© Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre


As previously mentioned, one of the most distinctive and recognizable designers also designed a bag and a suitcase as part of Louis Vuitton icons and iconoclasts The project. These creations fashionable by Frank Gehry are scheduled to go on sale in October.







Virginia Maneval

I am the daughter of Jean Benjamin Maneval, famous urban architect who notably created the Bulle Six Coques, a plastic house from the pop years. You can also find me on my Facebook page Bubblemania.fr or on my page La Bulle Six Coques by Jean Benjamin Maneval.

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