Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris: The Critics Respond

ArchDaily gathers a few critical responses to Gehry’s new building in Paris.  We’ll let the critics speak for themselves:

“A hell of a lot of steel columns and glue-laminated timber beams, thrown together in a riotous cat’s cradle of zig-zagging struts and brackets, props and braces. Reaching the summit of the building, where a series of roof terraces spill around the twisting protrusions of the gallery skylights, you are greeted with an eyeful of this stuff, a crazed indulgence of over-engineering – which required the development of 30 technical patents to achieve. It is certainly a spectacle, but it makes you wonder quite what it’s all for. . . . budgets can be too big, clients too sloppy and briefs too vague – and it’s important to know when to stop.” – Oliver Wainwright / The Guardian



The following has been added on November 8, 2014

On a first page opening spread of this week’s Time Magazine, Gehry’s Foundation building is positioned as a floating ship in a desert landscape.  Interestingly, the building makes sense in this type of context.  So, perhaps Frank should answer us why instead the sailboat design is sitting amid the rolling hills of Paris, posing as a museum?



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