November 12th, 2014 Design Paris
The new Louis Vuitton Museum has opened in Paris. This 41,441 square foot art museum for contemporary art is right in the middle of the bois de boulogne, the largest park in Paris in 16th arrondissement. The building was designed by Frank Gehry for more than 130 million dollars and will be the home of the company’s extensive public and private art collections. It is a beautiful crystal white diamond contrasted against the green of the surrounding park, just stunning. Gehry drew inspiration for the museum from the Grand Palais.
The building is itself a piece of art, everywhere you turn there is another interesting vista or architectural detail. Gehry says the glass structure echoes 19th-century glass garden buildings. But he also revisits his obsession with maritime imagery. He calls the rectangular blocks containing the gallery spaces “icebergs.” I especially loved the light, volumes and the way you weaved from inside to out. The movement of the is beautiful, the building undulates as if sails caught in the breeze.
The views from the outdoor terraces were incredible.
I look forward to returning to the museum to see the new editions and shows.
After you explore the museum you can stop for a bite at the museum’s cafe. Then if you are still up for more walking or you have kids you might consider the jardin d’acclimatation. You exit the rear of the museum to stroll through this 150 year old garden which is a tiny amusement park for kids. It is free when you visit the museum.
Fondation Louis Vuitton
8, Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulgne
+33 1 40 69 96 00