We visit the Fondation Louis Vuitton

La Fondation Louis Vuitton officially opened today, but a lucky few – including us – were able to visit the building a couple of days early, and an impressive place it is indeed!

Here’s our photo report.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
photos © JasonW

With 11 galleries on four levels, an auditorium and four large terraces, the giant sweeping curves of the Fondation Louis Vuitton are the latest addition to the Bois de Boulogne on the city’s west side. After having taken years to complete, it seems it was worth the wait!

If you’ve been to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, you might find the entrance here a little less grand, but the best awaits you.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWe started on the basement level with its three galleries (one of which is enormous) and access to the exterior of the building. A line of huge posts have mirrors on one side and a yellow illumination on the other, and each post is angled slightly more than the previous one, giving an interesting effect.

Water surrounds the building, and there’s a large waterfall at one end. Once outside, you get a real view of the structure and size of the place.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisGo up to the higher floors of the building and you get ever-changing views of the architecture, with some vertiginous views down…
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisWhatever your view of contemporary art, the building is the indisputable star here. Actually, our favourite room housed all the models used to help design the building.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, Paris(The other installations weren’t really our thing…)Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisAnd the highspot of our visit was reaching the four terraces, with views of La Défense, the Bois de Boulogne and the Eiffel Tower. There’s something very calming about being at the same level as the treetops.Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisThroughout our visit we got a feeling of airiness and light, and it was only once we arrived back home that we realised we’d taken nealry 100 photos! Highly recommended.
Fondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisFondation Louis Vuitton, ParisThe Fondation Louis Vuitton is here

Opening hours from 27th October – 3rd November 2014 and from 20th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 (which are the school holidays) – open every day from 10am – 8pm (11pm Fridays)

Opening hours after 3rd November (outside French school holidays) : open during the week (except Tuesdays) from midday – 7pm (and until 11pm Fridays). Open weekends from 11am – 8pm

Closed 25th December 2014 and 1st January2015

Admission: 14€ / 10€ / 5€. Family ticket (2 adults and up to four children aged under 18) 32€

Handicapped visitor + 1 guide : free

Electric shuttle buss 1€ every 15 minutes from place Charles de Gaulle, at the corner of avenue de Friedland

Official site: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr

Facebook: facebook.com/FondationLouisVuitton

Twitter: twitter.com/FondationLV

Instagram: instagram.com/fondationlv

To see all our photos of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, click here.