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  • Brianna Giarraputo

Foundation Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Foundation is an architectural masterpiece. Famous architect, Frank Gehry, is the genius behind the foundation’s intricate and mesmerizing structure. Gehry, an avid sailor, took inspiration from a 1911 yacht when designing the foundation. He made a series of sketches or scribbles that showcased the essence of the soon-to-be building. Completed in October 2014, Gehry describes the building as “an iceberg enveloped by glass sails.”

The construction of the puzzle-like building is sheer brilliance. Over 3,600 giant glass panels were cut precisely to create the perfect curve for each of the twelve ‘sails.’ The glass structures are supported by a combination of steel and wood framework that provides warmth and modernizes the space.

After riding up a clear elevator, I was exploring a vibrant terrace with panoramic views of Parisian landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. The ground is landscaped with exotic plants, bamboo-leaf oaks, and cherry trees.

Gehry also played with light and water in the building’s design. I came across a beautiful pond where a white concrete pillar reflected against the dark water, creating a bold contrast that looked simple, yet felt mildly complex. Your thoughts could easily get lost in that water. It was stunning.

Even though the building was large and open, it felt welcoming and warm. There are so many more details you can find out about the Louis Vuitton Foundation, but I’ll stop here for now.



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