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Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners

  • 00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners
Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners, ©  Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle © Todd Eberle +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bois de Boulogne, 75016 Paris, France
  • Design Partner

    Frank Gehry
  • Area

    11700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Iwan Baan, Todd Eberle, Courtesy of L'Observatoire International
  • Consultants

    Gehry Technologies
  • Executive Architect

    Studios Architecture
  • MEP Engineer

    Setec Batiment
  • Lighting

    L’Observatoire International / Ingelux
  • Civil Engineer

    Setec Bâtiment
  • Building Façade Consultant

    RFR/TESS
  • Acoustical Engineer (Base Building)

    LAMOUREUX
  • Sound designer (Auditorium)

    Nagata Acoustics
  • Landscape

    Atelier Lieux Et Paysages
  • Theatre/AV

    DUCKS SCENO
  • Sustainable Building Consultants

    S’PACE / TERAO
  • Building Maintenance

    TAW
  • General Contractor

    VINCI Construction
  • Client

    Fondation Louis Vuitton - Bernard Arnault, President
  • Site Area

    1ha
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Courtesy of  L'Observatoire International
Courtesy of L'Observatoire International
© Todd Eberle
© Todd Eberle

From the architect. The design responds to the setting of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, evoking the tradition of 19th-century glass garden buildings, the role of the Jardin in cultural memory (especially the work of Marcel Proust) and the desire to create a contemporary art museum that will be attractive and welcoming to the children and families who frequent the Jardin.

© Todd Eberle
© Todd Eberle
Courtesy of  L'Observatoire International
Courtesy of L'Observatoire International

Constructed on the edge of a water garden created especially for the project, the building comprises an assemblage of white blocks (known as “the icebergs”) clad in panels of fiber-reinforced concrete, surrounded by twelve immense glass “sails” supported by wooden beams. The sails give Fondation Louis Vuitton its transparency and sense of movement, while allowing the building to reflect the water, woods and garden and continually change with the light.

Structure Diagram © Fondation Louis Vuitton
Structure Diagram © Fondation Louis Vuitton

The ground-level entrance hall serves as the entry to both the museum and the Jardin. It is designed as an active social space, featuring a restaurant and bookstore. The large, multi-purpose space directly adjacent to the entrance hall may be used as an auditorium accommodating 350 persons, an exhibition space, or event venue.

Courtesy of  L'Observatoire International
Courtesy of L'Observatoire International

As visitors move from gallery to gallery within the building, the large expanses of glass provide picturesque views of the gardens, integrating the landscape into the experience of the museum. Visitors are able to climb exterior stairways underneath the glass sails to reach roof-top gardens and exhibitions.

Structure Diagram © Fondation Louis Vuitton
Structure Diagram © Fondation Louis Vuitton

The project has been a catalyst internationally for innovation in digital design and construction, setting a new standard for the use of advanced digital and fabrication technologies. More than 400 people contributed design models, engineering rules and assembly constraints to a common web-hosted 3D digital model, which intelligently adapted itself to design requirements. More than 3,600 glass panels and 19,000 concrete panels that form the façade were simulated using mathematical techniques and molded using advanced industrial robots, all automated from the shared 3D model. New software was developed specifically for sharing and working with the complex design.

© Todd Eberle
© Todd Eberle
Courtesy of  L'Observatoire International
Courtesy of L'Observatoire International

The structure of the glass roof allows the building to collect and reuse rain water and improves its geothermal power. Besides, the Fondation has attained its overall goal to reach HQE (Haute Qualité Environmentale) certification noted as Très Performant. The steps taken to achieve this level of certification could be considered equivalent to LEED Gold.

© Todd Eberle
© Todd Eberle
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