Cloud, by Gehry

Frank Gehry - Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, Paris

Cloud (Photographer: Cobalt 123)

Frank Gehry has unveiled the design for the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation, a new museum for Modern Art in Paris. The building is commissioned by Bernard Arnault, chairman of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), and the richest man of France.

The 127 million dollar museum is a dream coming true from Bernard Arnault, but also for Frank Gehry himself. “The project is a dream, so the idea is to make a dream.” Literally: Gehry designed an immaterial building: “The idea is of a cloud made of glass.”

The project is situated at the edge of the Bois de Bologne, basically inside a park that is popular with children. The program is conventionally organized in white boxes. A special feature is the terraced garden on the roof.

“I want everything to look like my drawings. The model is not quite there. We’ve built 30 or 40 models, and the design is still evolving. It’s not going to look exactly like this, so forgive me: I want the lines to look like the sketch.”

The video of the presentation of the project by Frank Gehry can be viewed here.

The project is added to the Themes, Top 10, and Representation pages.

Frank Gehry and Bernard Arnault, chairman of LMVH (Photographer: Didier Ghislain, NY Times) 

Frank Gehry - Model of the design (Photograph: World Architecture News)


Personally, i have come to find gehry’s architecture a bit boring. Even though he experiments with these very non-uniform or organic forms, his work , varying mostly on materials all end up being very similar. I won’t deny the obvious ability of the architect for accomplishing these very complex forms and mostly for inserting function into form, but to me, the bilbao guggenheim, is still his most extraordinary masterpiece next to his disney concert hall. His architecture has stopped evolving, which to me, is the worst thing that can happen to an artist. This of course is only my opinion.

On another subject, great blog!!

Completely agree with you, Juan.

The Bilbao Guggenheim was a shock that got repeated too many times. And we all now that a shock usually lasts only for a while 🙂

For example… Mies van der Rohe was kind of a similar guy – had few details that he more or less repeated on all his buildings. However, in contrast to Gehry, those were elegant, “known” forms in human proportions. It’s also much easier to make two completely different forms with such elements.
I don’t know… every time I see a new Gehry building I see a bunch of splines. Another bunch of splines… And usually – having such visually strong element, the others pale in comparison and all that is left in the memory is – a spline.

It will be interesting how Gehry will be seen in 15, 30 years. I’m afraid he will be known by Guggenheim and “few-other-buildings-looking-like-the-one-in-Bilbao”

And yes, great blog 🙂

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