Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton
gets set to open in Paris


News: Frank Gehry's arts centre for a cultural foundation established by fashion brand Louis Vuitton is nearing completion in the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Paris.

Set to open in October, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will provide a permanent centre for the charitable organisation centred around the promotion of contemporary arts both in France and internationally.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton gets set to open in Paris
Photography by Iwan Baan

Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to resemble a cloud of glass, the building's form is provided by twelve curving sails, made up of 3,600 glass panels.

Eleven exhibition galleries will accommodate a permanent collection of contemporary art, as well as temporary exhibitions and artists' commissions. The centre will also offer a 350-seat auditorium, meeting and events spaces, and education facilities.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton gets set to open in Paris

Terraces on the upper levels will offer visitors stretching views across the late 19th-century park, which is located in the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open to the public on 27 October with an exhibition showcasing the architecture of the building, running in tandem with an exhibition of Gehry's work at the Centre Pompidou.

Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton gets set to open in Paris
Photograph taken during construction

Frank Gehry's first building in France was the American Centre in Paris, completed in 1994. Other projects designed by the architect in Europe include the iconic Guggenheim Bilbao and the 2008 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.

  • Nick


  • Z-dog

    The aliens return to earth and say, “Humans, show us a building that shows how advanced your race has developed.” Shown a Zumthor, they exclaim, “This is an old building. The Egyptians could have built this.” They are brought to a Chipperfield and weep, “Surely, this is not a new building.” Finally, brought to a Gehry, they smile, “You may proceed, humans,” and leave.

    • James

      Or, “You have flogged the hell out of this. A tad gimmicky… again.”

  • Leo Moriarty

    Paris for Halloween, then! Formidable.

  • Jerome

    I am getting tired of Gehry’s antics! Plus, it must cost a fortune to maintain.

  • Dan C

    Gehry is Graves without a straight edge. Predictable.

    • Riccardo Pusceddu

      Far from it. He’s refining his own architectural language to new heights!

  • Riccardo Pusceddu

    At first I thought it was a computer rendering for how beautiful it is! But then I looked at the photograph taken from a closer distance and the magic disappeared. Still nice though. Thanks again Gehry and keep going.