Visiting Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris

The Frank O. Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation is a beacon of architectural cunning in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne. Opening in 2014, the building hosts modern art exhibits most of the year. If not, which was the case when we visited, you can take in the clever design and architecture of the building. 

Louis Vuitton Foundation: A stunning architectural beacon in the Bois de Boulogne
A stunning architectural beacon in the Bois de Boulogne

About the Louis Vuitton Foundation

The project for the establishment of the Fondation Louis Vuitton was started in 2006 by LVMH, the world’s largest luxury brand group. Aiming to promote art and culture, and obviously their own brand, the Foundation hosts contemporary art exhibits in one wing of the building. The other wing can be toured to take in the architectural ingenuity of the construction. State-of-the-art technologies were used to make the materials and to assemble them in the mesmerizing structure you can see today. 

Louis Vuitton Foundation: Part of the steel construction is exposed in this staircase
The steel construction is exposed in this staircase

About Frank O. Gehry

Frank O. Gehry is a world-renowned architect famous for his whimsical, contemporary designs. Another one of his masterpieces is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The Foundation displays a number of sketches which show his initial vision for the building. 

Visiting the Foundation

The Foundation can be quite easily accessed by bus or metro, with the nearest metro station being Pont de Neuilly. From the top floors, you have a nice view of La Défense on the other side of the Seine river. Each floor displays explanations on the construction of the building and the materials and techniques used. A video shows breathtaking views over Paris, offering a bird’s eye view of the Foundation and its surroundings. 

Louis Vuitton Foundation: La Défense can be seen from the building, on the other side of the Seine river
La Défense can be seen from the building, on the other side of the Seine river

Also of interest: other European city trip destinations. 

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