Visiting the new Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry and completed last October is a great privilege for anyone admiring architecture. Because when you visit this new extravagance, you understand the power of computers to transform architecture. Gehry, whose firm pioneered the application of CATIA, has created some eccentric buildings using the program since his Guggenheim Museum Bilbao completed before the end of the previous millennium. The enormous Foundation Louis Vuitton, which occupies the northern part of the Bois de Boulogne would make any Expressionist architect envious, contributing to a long list of architectural wonders erected in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, just to mention one. Whereas Gehry’s hallmark material has been the silvery titanium as in his Bilbao and Disnye, here, a white glass was chosen instead, allowing a sense of transparency and lightness to the giant structure, which contains more than twice the steel used in the Eiffel. The outdoor terraces and water are no less dramatic than the building itself. A new star was born in the City of Lights.
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