Designed by Frank Gehry to address Bernard Arnault’s desire to showcase the contemporary art collection of the LVMH Group in an exceptional cultural building, the Louis Vuitton Foundation – set on the edge of the ‘Jardin d’Acclimatation’ in Paris – was officially inaugurated on the 20th of October 2014.
The building rests on a reflecting pool into which pours a waterfall. Its sculptural volumes – the icebergs – are wrapped in glass veils floating above terraced gardens and rise majestically through the foliage of the Bois de Boulogne.
It features a dozen exhibition galleries of varying shapes and sizes, as well as a complex modular auditorium allowing for multiple configurations with and without seating. The main hall traverses the building, welcoming the public and guiding visitors to their various destinations: galleries, auditorium, library, restaurant, terraces, etc.
Acting as local architect, STUDIOS was commissioned at the inception of the project to assist Gehry Partners, from the initial sketch phase to the delivery of the building, throughout all the design and construction phases. STUDIOS provided a permanent link between the Design Architect and the numerous different actors involved, whether the Client, the various design and engineering teams or the contractors.
STUDIOS actively participated in the development of the studies, notably through the 3D modeling software Digital Project, and ensured the application of French norms and regulations to obtain the necessary building permits, while preserving the integrity of the design intent.
This highly innovative project required the use of unprecedented management and construction tools and recourse to an extraordinary number of samples, prototypes and ATEX.
The project has furthermore been selected to serve as pilot project in the adaptation of the French HQE sustainable design referential used on commercial buildings to cultural buildings. It is the first project to be certified NF HQE in this category.