Frank Owen Gehry (February 28, 1929) is a Canadian (Toronto, Ontario s’il vous plait!) Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect based in Los Angeles.
Last October, The Louis Vuitton foundation opened its doors in Paris. The building was commissioned by Bernard Arnault, the chairman and C.E.O. of the luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessey Louis Vuitton.
Le Bois de Boulogne was the designated site. More precisely: 8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi. Poor Gandhi, he’d be dancing the foxtrot in his grave knowing the project cost: $143 million!
The Jardin d’Acclimatation is a 20-hectare (49-acre) children’s amusement park with a zoo and the Exploradrôme located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne where the building stands.
The Louis Vuitton Foundation is a contemporary-art museum and cultural center.
And so, Frank Gehry’s new Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris, looks like sails, and it looks like a boat, and it looks like a whale, and it looks like a crystal palace that is in the middle of an explosion.
A major theme in Gehry’s work has been his desire to tear away the façades of his buildings, making the structure—what he calls “the bones”—visible as a way of celebrating the aesthetic hidden within it.
Inside the building, the only piece of art that stroke me most was Giacometti‘s “Tall woman”.
Gehry’s architecture overwhelms art. This building has too much personality to play a jewellery box for any art work. Personally , beside the Giacometti statue, I found the art collection inside the museum irrelevant however here is a link, in case you desire to visit the building for its contents.
Gehry likes his buildings focusing on vistas. Here, we have a fantastic view of “La Défense“.
Frank Gehry’s creativity requires a constant technical innovation , both in the design of the concept itself and the approach to the construction work, the principal of this building turns the principals of architecture upside down.
That’s me, “Inside the Horizon”, oeuvre d‘Olafur Eliasson conçue pour la Fondation Louis Vuitton.
The 126,000-square-foot Fondation is surrounded mainly by open space and trees and we know that Gehry likes his buildings to play off their surroundings. Bravo l’Artiste!