After seven years since its conception, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris is open for business—of the art variety, that is. For architect Frank Gehry, though, the project seems far from complete: “I’m looking at it, and I see everything that I would like to change,” he said. “We designed it seven years ago, so now I have other ideas.” Spoken like a true artist—though from the outside looking in, the new foundation is quite the spectacle.
Inspired by the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 154-year-old garden and amusement park where the building is located, the building is divided into 11 galleries, a 350-seat auditorium, a bookstore and Le Frank, a restaurant. That might sound like a lot of space, but don’t expect it to be “static,” as Suzanne Pagé (artistic director of the Louis Vuitton Foundation) puts it. “It’s going to be changing, and that’s kind of nice, and artists can take it over. We have a proposal from Daniel Buren that completely takes the building over and makes it a Daniel Buren. That’s great for me, I love that, and I think they’ll do it.”
The building cost $128 million to build and required two years of research and over 100 top-level engineers to complete. Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and French President François Hollande attended the inauguration on Monday. The foundation officially opens on October 27.