FRANK GEHRY, ARCHITECT OF LOUIS VUITTON FOUNDATION
Manchester architects, Liverpool architects, Cheshire architects and elsewhere in the UK may be interested to go on Louis Vuitton Fondation. “I dream of designing magnficient vessel for Paris that symbolizes France’s profund cultural vocation.” Frank Gehry said.The story of his dream, which became reality thanks to the engagement of the LVMH Group and its Chairman Bernard Arnault, is recounted by this exhibition dedicated to the architecture and the development process.
Bathed in natural daylight from skylight, the exhibition begins in the Studio, which displays an original scale model around wich visitors can walk before discovering two widescreen videos shot using drones. This combination created a unique visual experience, offering a vision of the building’s striking beauty, as well as its technological complexity. The landings overlooking the “canyon” present key elements essential to understanding the building: its position in Paris, the relationship with the context, Frank Gehry’s design, the choice of materials and the construction process. The landings can be accessed via the sole staircase where the steel structural walls have been left exposed, evoking the hull of a ship. Visitors also discover the initial sketches for the project, expressing the creative inspiration of the architect, who was awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1989.