After what has seemed to be an interminable wait, the luxury goods brand, LVMH Lous Vuitton, finally opened its Foundation Art Museum in late October,
Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation
Nicknamed the Iceberg,, the super-modern structure was designed by architect Frank Gehry, known for the Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, Spain.
Located at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, the £80 million project was undertaken by 100 engineers and 3,000 workers
The striking structure boasts 12 glass sails which billow around the museum’s main building. Inside, eleven galleries provide 3,850 square metres of exhibition space to house exhibitions, and the permanent collection.. Gehry had to build within the square footage and two-story volume of a bowling alley that previously stood on the site; anything higher had to be glass. The resulting glass building takes the form of a sailboat sails inflated by the wind. These sails glass envelop the “iceberg”, a series of shapes with white flowery terraces.
The glass sails are made of 3,584 laminated glass panels, each unique and specifically curved to fit the shapes drawn by Gehry. The gallery sections are covered in a white fiber-reinforced concrete called Ductal. The teams participating in the construction of the building have been awarded several architectural awards in France and the U.S. STUDIOS architecture was local architect for the project, spearheading transition from Gehry’s schematic design through the construction process in Paris to built space.