While at the top of the Eiffel Tower I was looking out at the beautiful city of Paris surrounding me and I noticed a huge glass structure floating amongst the trees in what I later found out was the Jardin d’Acclimatation. I had no idea what it was, but I knew I had to see it in person. Turns out it was the Louis Vuitton Foundation designed by….can you guess….yes, Frank Gehry.
Now I know many architects who are critical of what they call Gehry’s “potato chip architecture” or his disregard for the building’s surroundings and climate….but even one of his toughest critics (who I shall not name) was very impressed with the unique use of steel, glass, and wood in this building. I have read that Gehry’s vision was to encapsulate the interior structure which he refers to as the “ice berg” with glass sails.
I had exactly 1 hour to shoot this with daylight and then an additional hour at dusk, but still managed to get some nice shots….family vacations make it a little tough to truly study a structure…needless to say there was a lot of running going on at dusk.