He has an wide portfolio with amazing projects, and this one is not an exception. The building resembles a cloud of glass: twelve large transparent sails covering a main body, itself formed from an assembly of pure white blocks. Sunken into the ground, the Fondation appears to float within the surrounding Jardin d’Acclimatation whose trees and greenery will play light tricks with and be mirrored by its vast panes.
The Jardin d’Acclimatation, a 20 hectare zoological park in the Bois de Boulogne, still contains delicate constructions dating back to the 1860s and was the inspiration behind Gehry’s vision. The architectural plan itself, meanwhile, comprises exhibition galleries dedicated to a permanent collection, as well as those for temporary exhibitions and artists’ commissions. The building’s terraces open out to give panoramic views of Paris and as well as allowing for artworks and interior installations, a flexible auditorium provides space for multi-disciplinary performances.
The Fondation’s programme is designed to continue the tradition of artistic and creative movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as providing a space for meetings, debates and symposia, educational activities and the organisation of temporary exhibitions and events. You can see it here