Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton starting to blossom
Construction entering its final stages
The new cultural complex designed by the US-Canadian architect, Gehry, will house a range of contemporary art works, accommodate a permanent collection as well as temporary and travelling exhibitions.
The building — which is scheduled to open in autumn 2014 — will also stage creative performances, meetings and debates, in addition to educational activities for children.
Gehry was strongly inspired by the lightness and fluidity of late 19th century glass and garden architecture for the unique Fondation Louis Vuitton, consequently, creating the building with 12 expansive sails made from 3,600 panes of glass — giving the project its glowing transparency. The bottom half of structure is built of a series of white blocks refereed to as the 'iceberg', placed in a specially designed basin so the building sits organically within its natural park environment.