Connecting the dots through photos… Authored by Michael Surtees
Fondation Louis Vuitton
I wasn’t sure what to expect. Before exiting the taxi I had only seen small thumbnails of Frank Gehry’s Foundation Louis Vuitton. I didn’t anticipate the scale when I saw it with my own eyes. The shape of the glass stood out immediately. There’s a lot of glass twisting around in ways that are unique and fascinating. Because the shapes are so compelling on they’re own, a person would be forgiven if they forgot that they were looking at a building. As I describe the sculptural sensibilities it would be easy to question the purpose of it all. Is it just a glassy sculpture or a functional building? As I walked up and down through staircases, elevators and escalators, and crisscrossed around it became apparent that its both. The space serves a couple functions equally well. It’s a place to experience art, an environment to reflect in and a space to enjoy the slowing down of time.
As each floor opened up to discoveries I kept thinking to myself that I’m in some sort of design utopia. Many times I did forget that I was in a building. As elements appeared to be discovered whether I was inside or outside, I appreciated the level of thinking that it would have taken to pull “it” all off. Some of my favorite moments where discovering the outside areas above the building. Walking around all the different wall shapes, seeing the sky and feeling the wind was just added the great experience. This place was like no other that I can compare with.