Fondation Louis Vuitton
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
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Building names(s): Fondation Louis Vuitton
Architect/Designer: Frank Gehry
Completion date: 2014
completion date: 2014
function(s): auditorium, contemporary art, gallery, museum
cost: US$143 million
area: 126,000 ft² / 11706 m²
The Chairman of LMVH, Bernard Arnault commissioned Frank Gehry to design “architecture inspired by the glass Grand Palais, and also by the structures of glass, such as the Palmarium, which was built for the Jardin d’Acclimation in 1893” on the footprint of the two story bowling alley which previously stood on site.
The resulting glass building takes the form of a sailboat sails inflated by the wind. These sails glass envelop the “iceberg”, a series of shapes with white flowery terraces. The building site is designed after the founding principles of landscaped gardens 19th century. It connects the building with the Jardin d’Acclimatation at north, and the Bois de Boulogne to the south. The launch of the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation was officially announced in October 2006 and construction began in March 2008.