Fondation Louis Vuitton Cloud Building by Frank Gehry

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open its doors to the public on Monday, October 27, 2014. The building, designed by architect Frank Gehry, will become a new location in Paris for contemporary French and international artistic creation.

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h2>Fondation Louis Vuitton to Open in Building Designed by Frank Gehry

The LVMH Group announces the opening to the public on Monday, October 27, 2014, of the Fondation Louis Vuitton. The Foundation will be located in a building commissioned by Bernard Arnault, and designed by the American architect Frank Gehry. Resembling a cloud of glass, the building is set in the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris, in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission is to encourage and promote contemporary artistic creation both in France and internationally. The collections and programs will continue the tradition of artistic and creative movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton includes exhibition galleries dedicated to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. It is completed by a flexible auditorium for the presentation of multi-disciplinary performances and events.

Its terraces offer unique panoramic views of Paris and the lush greenery of the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the inspiration for Frank Gehry’s architecture of glass and transparency.

In the context of the opening program, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will present an exhibition showcasing the architectural project created by Frank Gehry for the foundation. The exhibition will be presented in dialogue with the first European retrospective of Frank Gehry’s work presented by the Centre Pompidou, from October 2014.

A High-end Experimental and Environmental Approach

The construction of the Fondation Louis Vuitton building conforms to the LVMH Group's commitment to sustainable development. From the initial launching of the project, the fauna and flora and the local water-tables have been examined and analyzed, the acoustic impact and the anticipated arrival the general public have all been taken into consideration. The ecological and human bases of sustainable development have thus been placed at the heart of each stage of the project: its design, construction and subsequent use.

Once the building is open, the preservation of its natural resources will continue to be a constant concern. Rainwater will be recovered, for example, so as to supply those systems not requiring drinking water. Stored and filtered, this water will be used preferably to clean the façades and glass roofs of the building. It will also supply the basin on which the Fondation building is positioned, and finally will also be used to water the plants and terraces. The consumption of the drinking water used in the Fondation building is therefore limited and is adjusted to requirements.

Fondation Louis Vuitton

The Fondation Louis Vuitton is a corporate foundation and a private cultural initiative dedicated to art and artists. The foundation represents a new phase in art patronage and in the culture initiated by LVMH in France and around the world over the past two decades.

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Source: Fondation Louis Vuitton

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