Galeries Lafayette reveals new building by Rem Koolhas
On a "modest scale"
At a press conference this week to reveal the new project, Rem Koolhaas said, "I think there are so many 21st century things, so many exceptional cultural spaces being built, that there is a kind of fatigue setting in — certainly on my part,” whilst standing in front of a scale model of the future Galeries Lafayette Foundation headquarters in central Paris, designed by the man himself.
“When you see the gigantic scale of art institutions worldwide, I am happy that we are minuscule in comparison. I think this modesty of scale gives a better chance of success,” he said.
Koolhaas and Guillaume Houzé, Director of Image and Patronage of Groupe Galeries Lafayette and its department store branch, shared the project conceived by the Dutch architect’s OMA agency, held inside the building that will eventually house it.
Construction is to begin this summer and the foundation is due to open to the public in late 2016. The project comes after the news of the Foundation Louis Vuitton, a new museum on the outskirts of Paris designed by Frank Gehry, due to open in October.