In a city filled with history, the 1year old Foundation Louis Vuitton is the newest monument of Paris .
Your breath is instantly taken away the second you rest your eyes upon this architectural masterpiece. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the building was built to resemble a large ship. He quotes that he sought to “design a magnificent vessel symbolizing the cultural calling of France.”
The building itself is a visual experience. Natural light beams through the glass roofing and the wood pillars bend freely leaving you with only one question “how the hell did they do this?”
What makes this museum unique is the freedom to roam about. This place made me realize I’ve always had a fear of going out the wrong door in museums thus setting off an alarm. Not here though, every door is an exit/ entrance. After viewing an exhibition you can walk outside onto the terrace to indulge in views of west Paris or daze in awe as you’re taken on a never ending architectural journey.
I had a bite at the Le Frank restaurant, which offers french cuisine and glowing fish above above your head. Two words, Artistic Ambiance. There is beauty everywhere. Not a single dull moment inside or outside this building.
The bookstore is a treat as well! I would of bought a Louis Vuitton pencil but I didn’t want to make my classmates jealous when I returned to class Monday haha!
Before my visit to FLV, I only saw museums as preservations of physical culture, never as luxury. Indeed FLV is a luxury museum. I recommend all to experience when in Paris.