To immerse yourself in the forward-looking Fondation Louis Vuitton you have to reach the south of Paris, specifically the Jardin d’Acclimatation of the Bois de Boulogne, where the new building designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry stands.

It has been created with a software 3D Digital Project and developed by Gehry Technologies from Dassault Catia aéronautique. Already known for the unique silhouette of the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Gehry has lent himself to another exciting challenge, creating a project already rewarded by some engineering awards in France and the United States and enrolled in the program of the course of study in architecture of Harvard University.

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton - ©2014 Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton – ©2014 Todd Eberle

Designed according to the rules of sustainable construction and in full compliance with environmental issues, the new headquarters of the foundation will make a careful use of rainwater, by collecting it and re-using it for cleaning, fuelling and watering the basin below. Nothing better than a creation in the green as a backdrop for describing 225 drawings and 67 plastic models present in the first exhibition (from 8 October 2014 to 26 January 2015). A light cloud dubbed ‘the iceberg’ that seems to hover in the woods with his blend of glass and steel. The materials interact with the environment through the big verrière of 13500 m2, consisting of customized panels and forming a bright and modern vessel.

The complex, which will open to the public on the October 27, 2014, after a long countdown evidenced by photos directly accessible online, will host a series of exhibitions (at the rate of two per year), picking up the baton of the artistic space located at the top floor of the famous brand building on the Champs-Elysées.

Adept to deconstructionism and post-structuralism Gehry has left a very personal touch to his new creation, situated not far from another of his conceptions, the new Cinémathèque française (

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton - ©2014 Todd Eberle

Frank Gehry Fondation Louis Vuitton – ©2014 Todd Eberle

Opened in the XII district of Paris, at 51 Rue de Bercy,  the Louis Vuitton Foundation opening coincides with the first grade retrospective at the Centre Pompidou ( dedicated to the visionary talent of forms of the artist from California, hired by Bernard Arnault. The visitor can admire both emblematic works from the permanent collection and the ones put in value by the various temporary exhibitions and also watch performances and musical events in the auditorium.  Musical events are scheduled in the building, starting with the recital by the pianist Lang Lang October 28, 2014 and a series of eight concerts of the creating electronic group Kraftwerk (6-14 November 2014).

The artistic program of representation consists of three stages, marked by a series of exhibitions that take place from October 2014 to July 2015. The collection will be unveiled little by little, primarily through a journey dedicated to the discovery of structure of building and the one who created it, with particular attention to the specific requirements and the work of Olafur Eliasson. While the others two stages, which will take place until July 2015, are still secrets.

The many visitors attracted to the city by FIAC could take the opportunity to make a leap to the Foundation. If the free tickets to the opening weekend of October 24 to 26 are already unavailable it is still possible to buy a cumulative ticket (starting from Monday, October 27), comprising the visit of the Jardin d’Acclimatation. It’s easy to reach the Foundation and take advantage of the wonderful natural surroundings, with shuttle buses from Place Charles de Gaulle, side avenue de Friedland.


Fondation Louis Vuitton

8 avenue du Mahatma Gandhi

Bois de Boulogne – 75116 Paris


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