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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
  • More SpecsLess Specs
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
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Fondation Louis Vuitton / Gehry Partners" 13 Oct 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/555694/fondation-louis-vuitton-gehry-partners/>
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15 Comments

Romain C · April 30, 2016

Would have liked some floor plan here :/

chaya · March 09, 2015

i think you're all crazy. his buildings are iconic. i could look at it from so many different angles all day. all the boring box buildings in the world and you criticize this? he is a true genius.

Frank Lee ( I dont give...) · January 02, 2015

intended to be welcoming. it looks broken. sad really.

Guest · October 31, 2014

I think THIS is pure shit. The building doesn't have any sense of design in my honest opinion. Also, from the outside it's not even 'pretty'. I don't get why people find this special in any way.

eu · September 05, 2016 07:14 AM

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Philippe S. · October 25, 2014

I was in Paris 15 days ago, and rode by near the building. I've been a little desappointed by the scale of it. I know about the urban rules that limite the height of it, but I found it "little" , as if it hasn't grown the way it should have. Others points, the "sails" that are made of glass, seem to be made of plastic ! , the structure needed to support those forms (actually quite simple) is complicated et heavy far from the reality of a sail ... The others volumes (iceberg ...) are mothly invisible under the sails.

From outside, this is a sculpture ...
for a rich man who wants to show his Art collection, and show that he's rich ...

but it also could be a concealed factory, something that you are not proud of ... something you want to hide under a precious skin.

Samuel Nguma · October 24, 2014

At first I thought that the whole composition was crap - but then I looked at it again - and it be came gorgeous. This is ten time better that the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The materiality in play here is definitely top notch. Have a look at the sections to see how the whole building comes together. We can criticize Gehry's design language - but the truth is that he has created a niche for himself that so few have been able to enter! Awesome work!

CGF · October 24, 2014

The photo showing the building in it's context looks like it could fold down into the landscape, my own opinion is that forms such as this lend themselves more to a temporary structure or pavilion, how will this building age? A structural achievement? I completely agree. I guess this style of Architecture is an aquired taste.

Guest · October 24, 2014

The photo showing the building in it's context looks like it could fold up and disappear, my own opinion is that forms such as this lend themselves more to a temporary structure or pavilion, how will this building age? A structural achievement? I completely agree. I guess this style of Architecture is an aquired taste.

Sompong Panich · October 24, 2014

THIS IS EXTREMELY TOUCH ME .I LOVE THE WHOLE THINGS. IF YOU ONLY SENSE HOW COMPLICATE YOUR OWN BODY IS
YOU WON'T BE SURPRISE WITH THIS LITTLE CREATION.

Gustavo Valencia · October 23, 2014

I can not see the bond or the soul relación between the building and the human . To me looks like a huge pile of construcción material.

John Delaney · October 16, 2014

An incredible technical achievement (if it all works properly) with some excellent spaces

joyofdoing · October 15, 2014

This building is all but relaxing, I prefer the intricacies of Venice to those pictured here

orangeeli · October 14, 2014

Let's not kid ourselves; this building is gorgeous.

HeywoodFloyd · October 14, 2014 08:42 PM

The building photographs well, but the materiality as usual is torturous. If you don't believe me I'll send you my pics of the Guggenheim Bilbao with giant rubbermaid garbage cans scattered throughout the top floor in the midst of 3 days of rain.

Amro · October 14, 2014

I don't think that the building is in-line with the Louis Vuitton's brand philosophy... The classic and timeless design of the brand is not emphasized. it is more like Gehry outshone his signature structures rather than embodies the client's value

Małgorzata · October 13, 2014

On closer photos the fragments of the building look very nice, even beautiful, but on the large photo taken from the distance the building looks like an ugly pile of metal sheets, alas...

renangdc · October 24, 2014 01:45 AM

It's seems a gigantic insect for me

Sompong Panich · October 24, 2014 12:45 AM

They are beautiful. I give you the sample at the first time when you saw the crocodile.There are a lot of people who even enjoy trash and felt so good with certain things that no body can see in them.

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