The Fondation Louis Vuitton
Designed by the American architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton resembles an immense vessel made of glass with its twelve sails navigating on the ocean of green of the Bois de Boulogne (french edition).
This beautifully illustrated book (350 photos, sketches, maps, and works of art), developed under the direction of Frédéric Migayrou, shows the various stages of the project’s development. Through their in-depth essays, leading art and architecture critics and historians analyze Gehry’s building, destined to become a landmark in the history of Paris.
From "The creative autonomy of form" by Horst Bredekamp to "The architecture of the embrace" by James S. Ackerman, the building, a "miracle of engineering prowess and architectural technique " (Irving Lavin) evokes "a materialized utopia, an island floating above the city... a hybrid of expressionist spontaneity and technological complexity"...All of Gehry’s art consisting "of placing architecture in a state of indetermination from which the form escapes to be immediately reconfigured in a multiplicity of new images". (Frédéric Migayrou).