LOCATIONBois de Boulogne, Paris
SIZE11 779 m² / 126,788 sq ft
DESIGN ARCHITECTGehry Partners
CERTIFICATIONFirst project to be certified NF HQE™ in the category of cultural Architecture
AWARD2012 - AIA BIM Excellence Award
Designed by Frank Gehry to showcase the LVMH group’s collection of contemporary art, this iconic building served as a breeding ground for architectural and technological innovation.
STUDIOS was hired as the local architect at the very inception of the project to work alongside Gehry Partners, from the initial sketch phase to delivery.
STUDIOS collaborated with the latter to produce the necessary studies and designs and ensure that the project respected French regulations, working closely with the city of Paris. STUDIOS also handled the filing of building permits and oversaw works.
The projected was selected to serve as the pilot project for adapting the French HQE sustainable design certification for commercial buildings to cultural buildings.
Exceptional technical prowess for a great glass vessel dedicated to culture in the Bois de Boulogne
Serving as intermediary between Gehry Partners and the different players involved, STUDIOS was entrusted with the role of guardian and coordinator of the Digital Project, essential to respecting the geometry and the interfaces between the different volumes, in close collaboration with Gehry Partners and the different design teams.
Several ATEX (technical evaluations of experimentation) were required to implement unprecedented technical solutions that answered the demands of this highly exceptional project.
During works, STUDIOS also served as the cultural intermediary between the design architect and the European companies who handled 2D and 3D studies and accompanied the different players in their understanding of the building’s geometric complexity.
Avant-garde and technically ingenious, the project could not have been carried out without 3D modeling and Full BIM.
The building rises from a reflecting pool fed by a waterfall. Like icebergs, its sculptural volumes are wrapped in glass sails that float above terrace gardens and emerge from the foliage of the Bois de Boulogne.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation features a dozen exhibition galleries of varying shapes and sizes, as well as a bookstore, a restaurant and an auditorium whose mobile seating allows for a host of different configurations.
Awards and Press
- AIA BIM Excellence Award — 2012
PHOTOGRAPHYIwanBaan, LouisMarieDauzat, RahimDantoBarry, Fernand Urquijo