The First Look Of Frank Gehry’s Design Project In France – Today I am glad to present you the breathtaking design project of the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in France. It’s an aluminum-clad Luma Arles tower and here are the first images and information for this project, let’s take a look:
The tower’s opening will be in spring 2020 but it’s already possible to see the irregular form of the metallic tower taking shape above the city of Arles.
The tower is formed of a concrete core with a steel frame due to being 56 meters high when complete. Glass boxes and shining aluminum panels are stacked around this in an irregular formation above a circular glass atrium.
Gehry’s design for the facade is supposed to echo the craggy rock formations found near the city, the same kind that inspired sometime-resident Vincent Van Gogh to paint them in 1888.
According to ArtNet, Hoffmann has contributed €150 million (£133 million) to the project through her Luma Foundation set up to support independent artists. The pharmaceutical heiress to the Hoffmann-La Roche fortune grew up in Arles and continues her family’s patronage of the struggling post-industrial city.
Since Gehry’s project Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in Spain in 1997, he has had a reputation as the go-to architect for rejuvenation projects. The Arla Lumes brings together artists and designers from disciplines to encourage them to innovate.
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