Hats off Mr Gehry,

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Frank Owen Gehry (February 28, 1929) is a Canadian (Toronto, Ontario s’il vous plait!)  Pritzker Prize-winning starchitect based in Los Angeles.

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Frank Gehry with the model of the Louis Vuitton Foundation building

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Frank Gehry’s appearance in the Simpsons

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.

IMG_4261Le 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.

IMG_4263Your first instinct, when you see an extraordinary new building that looks like nothing you have ever seen before, is to try to understand it by connecting it to what you know.

IMG_4266This building is muscular, and it is delicate: it is a linebacker with the moves of a ballerina or, if you prefer, it is Moby-Dick with the athleticism of a sailfish.

IMG_4268An  iceberg, a glass house- a boat ….

IMG_4270And 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.

IMG_4280“Le Frank”, le coffee shop.

IMG_4281“I dream of designing, in Paris, a magnificent vessel symbolizing the cultural calling of France.” Frank Gehry

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“Rose”, oeuvre d’Isa Genzken dans le hall de la Fondation Louis Vuitton

IMG_4291A 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.

IMG_4294Inside the building, the only piece of art that stroke me most was Giacometti‘s “Tall woman”.

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Thomas Schutte, « Mann im Matsch »

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.

IMG_4303View from the lower terrasse, le Jardin d’Acclimatation.

IMG_4304My mother used to take me to the Jardin d’Acclimatation when I was a child: precious times.

IMG_4305” God is in details” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

IMG_4310Hello pretty Lady

IMG_4314Gehry likes his buildings focusing on vistas. Here, we have a fantastic view of “La Défense“.

IMG_4319All visitors were taken by the view…

IMG_4322Frank 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.

IMG_4323An Haute Couture building even in its details

IMG_4332That’s me, “Inside the Horizon”, oeuvre d‘Olafur Eliasson conçue pour la Fondation Louis Vuitton.

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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!

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