The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened an exciting new cultural chapter in Paris. It brings the city a new space devoted to art — especially contemporary art — and above all a place for meaningful exchanges between artists and visitors from Paris, from France, and from the entire world.
Constructed on the edge of a water garden created especially for the project, the building comprises an assemblage of white blocks (known as “the icebergs”), surrounded by twelve immense glass “sails” supported by wooden beams. The sails give Fondation Louis Vuitton its transparency and sense of movement, while allowing the building to reflect the water, woods and garden and continually change with the light.
The ground-level entrance hall is designed as an active social space, featuring a restaurant and bookstore. The large space directly next to the entrance hall may be used as an auditorium accommodating 350 persons, an exhibition space, or event venue.
As visitors move from gallery to gallery within the building, the large expanses of glass provide picturesque views of the gardens, integrating the landscape into the experience of the museum. Visitors are able to climb exterior stairways underneath the glass sails to reach roof-top gardens and exhibitions.
The project has been setting a new standard for the use of advanced digital and fabrication technologies.
Atelier Judith says: “I totally loved this modern art space and was impressed by the glass architecture. Furthermore the installation ‘Inside the horizon’ by Olafur Eliasson was pretty amazing!”
Check out more about the current exhibitions here.
Adress: 8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris
Métro: Les Sablons (Line 1) / Other public transport: Fondation shuttle, departs from Place Charles de Gaulle (every 15 minutes)