Luma Arles, a unique institution in the heart of Camargue
The American-Canadian architect Frank Gehry, famous for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, is a virtuoso of bold lines and an artist of the impossible. His latest project is on behalf of the Luma Foundation in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône).
The Foundation is dedicated to encouraging the production of new forms of art, by giving artists and thinkers from different disciplines the opportunity of working together. Located a few hundred metres from the Roman sites in the historical centre of the city, the exceptional building that Maya Hoffmann – President of the Luma Foundation and the motor behind this project – dreamed up with Frank Gehry, will be completed in 2018.
The 56 metre high building designed by Frank Gehry will have 5,000m² of facades, 300 metal panels that are welded together and 11,000 blocks of stainless steel. At its base, a large glass atrium will be open to the general public. © Gehry architectures.
With its glass rotunda and stainless steel panels, it will lie at the entrance to the Parc des Ateliers. This site includes several 19th century industrial buildings that are being redeveloped by architect Annabelle Selldorf, and a park designed by the landscape gardener Bas Smets.
Eiffage Métal, in a consortium with Vinci Construction France and engineering firm Cegelec, were officially awarded the tenders in December 2014. The 56 metre high building designed by Frank Gehry will have 5,000 m² of facades, 300 metal panels that are welded together and 11,000 blocks of stainless steel. At its base, a large glass atrium will be open to the general public.
Two Eiffage Métal design offices are currently mobilised together with engineering design firms Setec Bâtiment and Tess – providing a total of 40,000 hours of design studies. As of summer 2015, 35,000 work hours will also be needed to manufacture the metal elements. The first panels are due to be installed in January 2016. Completion of the works is scheduled for 2018.