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Five things you need to know about the new Frank Gehry de­signed Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion, Paris’s new

must-visit art hub. By Diana Camp­bell-Be­tan­court The build­ing—a gift to Paris The Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion in Paris is France’s first ma­jor pri­vately funded cul­tural in­sti­tu­tion. Com­mis­sioned by the 65-year-old chair­man of LVMH, Bernard Ar­nault, the re­sult is breathtaking and one of the most im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­tural feats cre­ated in our life­times. The build­ing will be­come the prop­erty of the city in the fu­ture. The set­ting—con­tem­po­rary folly in a his­tor­i­cal park De­signed by leg­endary ar­chi­tect Frank Gehry in his sig­na­ture style, the carved glass sail­ing atop the 11,000 sq mt Foun­da­tion cre­ates an il­lu­sion of the build­ing float­ing over the his­tor­i­cal park of Bois de Boulogne. The façade repli­cates the struc­ture of a ship and its glass pan­els cre­ate an il­lu­sion of move­ment with the chang­ing light of the day—among the mu­seum’s on­go­ing exhibitions is one ded­i­cated to his re­al­i­sa­tion of the build­ing. The long de­sign jour­ney Bernard Ar­nault wanted the mu­seum to be an em­blem of Louis Vuit­ton’s brand val­ues of ex­cel­lence and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. The first con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Ar­nault and Gehry be­gan over 10 years ago! The brand takes cen­tre stage as a Gehry de­signed logo adorns the façade. Ev­ery­thing from the acous­tics in the au­di­to­rium to the ter­races, which were de­signed to view Paris from all an­gles, are im­pec­ca­bly fin­ished to the small­est de­tail. While the en­tire city watched the con­struc­tion of the build­ing over the past decade, the

Clock­wise from top: Frank Gehry with Michelle Wil­liams at the open­ing; by Oliver Beer; Adrian Villar Ro­jas’s in­stal­la­tion the glass façade of Louis Vuit­ton Foun­da­tion repli­cat­ing a ship.

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