By Natasha Gan
Nestled inside a 19th century park in the West end of Paris, lies the show-stopping Fondation Louis Vuitton. The Louis Vuitton–established venue was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry and funded by Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH and one of the richest men in France.
After a 10-year journey from concept to reality that costed around $143 million, Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in October 2014. It serves as a cultural foundation and a museum that displays Arnault’s personal collection with the aim to promote contemporary art both locally and internationally.
The two-storey Fondation is a sprawling 11,700-sqm. It boasts 11 galleries of various sizes, a 350-seat auditorium and roof terraces. Twelve curved sails and 3,600 glass panels flare all around its exterior, resembling a sailboat with billowing glass sails in the middle of a woodland. Gehry took inspiration from Grand Palais, a large exhibition hall and museum complex in Paris. Reportedly, 400 of the architect’s employees were involved in the design process.
“To reflect a constantly changing world, we wanted to design a building that evolves depending on the time of day and the light, in order to create an impression of intangibility and continual transformation,” Frank Gehry says in a statement.
The result is a groundbreaking and fearless site that is referred to as “a major work of art for the whole world”.
Photos by Fondation Louis Vuitton