The more I travel over the years, the more I find myself looking at the architecture around me. Perhaps it has something to do with getting older. I can remember my father pointing out beautiful buildings or structures to me as a child. I’d roll my eyes and look at something else. Isn’t that always the case – our parents trying to get us to appreciate things we will only ever truly appreciate later in life?
I had an a-ha moment, off the back of that story, this past week in Paris. While in town for a hotel review, I found myself over at the newly opened Fondation Louis Vuitton building, a creation of Frank Gehry. As I stood in front of the entrance, feeling small in comparison to the behemoth that stretched out before me, I wished I was standing there with my father and I wished so much that he was there asking me to look up and appreciate the complexity of the architectural genius ahead.
With every turn through this stationary ship (the building is modeled to look like a ship at sea with full wind in the sails) I was floored by not only the artwork on display at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, but also the artwork that was the building itself. 13,500 square meters of glass and 19,000 sheets of concrete come together here in a creation, by Frank Gehry, that is a quite simply groundbreaking. To be in Paris and not make the trip out to visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton would be a true shame…. go!
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
Bois de Boulogne 75116 Paris