Rakks Style Spy – Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

by Rakks | November 7th, 2014

The design and architecture worlds (and the folks at Rakks) are buzzing about Frank Gehry’s design for the arts centre located next to the Jardin d’Acclimatation, in the Bois de Boulogne the famous park on the east side of Paris. The center is for a cultural foundation established by the Fondation Louis Vuitton to provide a permanent center for the charitable organization centered around the promotion of contemporary arts both in France and internationally. The building is said to resemble a cloud of glass formed by twelve curving sails, made up of 3,600 glass panels.

A few observations we decided to share.

“Piled up in a staggered heap, these great curved shields twist and turn in the architect’s trademark style, their odd angles poking above the trees, visible for miles around. As if caught in a violent storm, the sails flare open in places to reveal an inner world of white walls, sculpted like whipped meringue, and a dense thicket of steel struts and wooden beams that have been forced into improbable shapes.” The Guardian

“It is a vessel, a fish, a sailing boat, a cloud. It has all the metaphors of smoothness. Sporting a glittering LV logo at the front door, it could also be a gigantic Louis Vuitton perfume bottle, smashed to smithereens.” Frédéric Migayrou, architecture curator at the Pompidou Centre.

“It’s for artists to play with, Daniel Buren wants to paint stripes all over the sails, and I’m hoping children will do drawings that we can enlarge and hang in the space between the sails and the building. It doesn’t look finished, purposefully, to encourage people to interact with it over time.” Frank Gehry

“We just love it.” Rakks

If you are traveling to Paris in the future, you will have the opportunity to visit and feast your eyes on this brilliant structure.

Photo credits: Top Photo: Dezeen. Second Photo: The Fondation Louis Vuitton. Jacques Brinon/AP

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