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A new address is added to the wide cultural Parisian offer. We speak of the Foundation Louis Vuitton and of its “designer “seat inside the nineteenth century Jardin d’Acclimation. Strongly supported by LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, the Foundation is the home for the collection of contemporary art works of the group, a space for temporary exhibitions and a chic destination to spend an afternoon in the French capital. If the fashion house is not new to collaborations with artists –the interventions of Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama on the Monogram bags are very famous – the opening of the Foundation definitely raises the level of involvement.

Surrounded by paths, lawns, centuries-old trees and an artificial lake, the Louis Vuitton Foundation is one of the new landmarks in Paris. © Iwan Baan 2014
The Foundation is located in the lush Jardin d'Acclimatation, a kind of zoo created in the nineteenth century in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne. ©Iwan Baan 2014

Of great interest is the architecture built inside the park. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, inspired by the lightness of the structures in iron and glass of the nineteenth century, the building consists of a central concrete structure covered with twelve transparent sails of different shapes and sizes. It is a space both pliant and permeable, certainly linked to the aesthetics of deconstructivism, which emerges from the ground like an irregular iceberg alive with a myriad of different reflections in each hour of the day.

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An aerial view of the Louis Vuitton Foundation. © Iwan Baan 2014
The building, of a clear deconstructivist inspiration, is composed of a central core in concrete covered with twelve sails in transparent glass. © Iwan Baan 2014
For this project the starchitect Frank O. Gehry was inspired by the nineteenth century buildings in iron and glass and especially from Palmarium, the aquarium with greenhouse that stood in the Jardin d'Acclimation at the time of Napoleon III. © Iwan Baan 2014

Where: 8, avenue du mahatma gandhi, bois de boulogne, 75116, Paris

A new address is added to the wide cultural Parisian offer. We speak of the Foundation Louis Vuitton and of its “designer “seat inside the nineteenth century Jardin d’Acclimation. Strongly supported by LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, the Foundation is the home for the collection of contemporary art works of the group, a space for temporary exhibitions and a chic destination to spend an afternoon in the French capital. If the fashion house is not new to collaborations with artists –the interventions of Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama on the Monogram bags are very famous – the opening of the Foundation definitely raises the level of involvement.
Of great interest is the architecture built inside the park. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, inspired by the lightness of the structures in iron and glass of the nineteenth century, the building consists of a central concrete structure covered with twelve transparent sails of different shapes and sizes. It is a space both pliant and permeable, certainly linked to the aesthetics of deconstructivism, which emerges from the ground like an irregular iceberg alive with a myriad of different reflections in each hour of the day.
Where: 8, avenue du mahatma gandhi, bois de boulogne, 75116, Paris

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