The building designed by Frank Gehry brings together the full range of the architect’s methods, aesthetic codes and modes of expression, while representing a new stage in his work. He revolutionises the use of glass to give life to his vision of a building that is light, luminous and in motion, designed to merge harmoniously with a late 19th century park and to house exceptional works of art.
Moving away from the conventional approach to glass surfaces, he has developed a revolutionary way of fashioning this material that makes it possible to curve, in an individualised way and to the nearest millimetre, each of the 3,600 panes in the twelve glass sails that give the structure its volume.
This great architectural exploit has already taken its place among the iconic works of 21st century architecture. Frank Gehry’s building, which reveals forms never previously imagined until today, will be the reflection of the unique, creative and innovative project that is the Foundation Louis Vuitton.
When developing initial ideas for the scheme, gehry was strongly influenced by the lightness and fluidity of late 19th century glass and garden architecture. consequently, the project is characterized by its innovative use of glazing, utilizing a recently developed method that allows the material to be curved in accordance with millimeter specific requirements. ‘I dream of designing, in paris, a magnificent vessel symbolizing the cultural calling of france’, declared the 1989 pritzker laureate.Read more.