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Glass panels for the Louis Vuitton Foundation

In June 2013, Eiffage Construction Métallique finished assembling the glass panels for the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Creation building. The foundation, which will house the art collection of LVMH Chairman Bernard Arnault, is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014.

This exceptional building, located in the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris, has a glazed surface area of 13,500 square meters comprising 3,600 curved panels – no two alike !

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© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Louis-Marie Dauzat.

More than 160,000 hours of design work were required to create these glazed areas – a first on such a scale. In order to attach the panels to the base structure, a framework made of stainless steel, carbon steel and wood (larch) was produced and assembled, mainly at the Eiffage Construction Métallique factory in Maizières-lès-Metz.

The frame was produced using 2,000 tons of carbon steel, 2,000 tons of high-strength Duplex stainless steel, 800 cubic metres of wood beams, 5 km of rails and 10 km of curving columns.