Foundation Louis Vuitton

by | 23. Jul 2012

Cultural | Project

Photo courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP



Photo courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP

The Foundation Louis Vuitton will be located at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, adjacent to the Bois de Boulogne on the westside of Paris. The building will serve as a gateway to the Jardin, with an entrance hall located at ground level serving both as the entry to the museum as well as the entry to the Jardin.


Photo courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP

This central hall is designed to be an active social space, featuring a café and an interactive documentation center. A large, multi-purpose space located directly adjacent to the entrance hall will be accessible to the public and may be used as an auditorium accommodating 340 persons, an exhibition space, or event space. The Foundation LV will include a series of educational facilities for children intended to complement the existing activities for children and families located in the Jardin.

The museum area of the building will include a series of galleries designed to accommodate the display of both the permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibitions. The museum will also include a number of “chapels,” each of which will be dedicated to site-specific installations created by individual artists.


Photo courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP


As visitors move from gallery to gallery within the museum, large expanses of glass will provide breathtaking views, integrating the landscape into the experience of the museum and creating a strong link between the between the museum and the Jardin. Site-specific art works located in the Jardin adjacent to the museum will further reinforce this relationship.


Sketch courtesy Frank Gehry

The use of glass as the primary exterior material plays a principal role in the architecture of the Foundation Louis Vuitton. Its transparency ensures that the building will complement the surrounding natural environment.

The Foundation Louis Vuitton will serve as a bridge between the Bois de Boulogne, an extensive park on the western edge of Paris, and the Jardin d’Acclimatation, a children’s amusement park located within the Bois de Boulogne.


Photo: arcspace Foundation Louis Vuitton design area at GP



ARCHITECTGehry Partners, LLP
Laurence Tighe