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Frank Gehry in Tokyo 「フランク・ゲーリー展」

World-renowned architect Frank Gehry is holding two great exhibitions at Espace Louis Vuitton and 21_21 Design Sight Museum

“The Fondation Louis Vuitton Building”  in Espace Louis Vuitton, focuses mainly on Gehry’s concept of the foundation as a “grand sailing ship symbolizing France’s deep sense of cultural mission”.  You can see from the first sketches to the completed building (photo below)

Foundation Louis Vuitton - Credit Image : Bertrand Guay / AFP / Crédit Média : Monique Younès

Foundation Louis Vuitton (Credit Image : Bertrand Guay / AFP / Crédit Média : Monique Younès)

Gehry is well-known for his bold shapes and unusual fabrications. He generally uses materials such as corrugated metal and this gives his designs an unfinished raw look and his consistently recognisable aesthetic.

Espace Louis Vuitton shows the process of construction of “The Foundation” through architectural models and videos showing the diverse range of state-of-the-art technologies used through the completion of the building.

frank gehry

frank gehry

frank gehry

frank gehry

frank gehry

Frank Gehry

frank gehry

frank gehry

And 21_21 Design Sight is holding  “Architect Frank Gehry: I have an Idea”.  Also focused on Gehry’s construction process, from the starting point of the idea, his amazing collection of his sketches, his intricate compositions of challenging forms and his extensive architectural models at multiple scales.

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

His architectural models are made with different materials like scraps of paper glued and taped together, cardboards, felt, metal, wood and even cloth. And they are all messy. Really messy and wonderful.

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

As a bonus, his “Easy Edges” pieces are also exhibited. After leaving Harvard, Frank Gehry launched “Easy Edges”, a furniture line crafted from layers of corrugated cardboard and sold between 1969 and 1973.

Among his most famous designs is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain (today one of the top tourist destinations in Europe), the Dancing House in Prague and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain

Peix, Barcelona, Spain

Peix, Barcelona, Spain

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA (photo by Shutterstock)

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, USA

The Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic

The Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic (photo by Shutterstock)

Renzo Piano, another incredible architect said:

“Frank’s architecture is really like an explosion.

It’s about energy; it’s about joy. It’s frozen movement.”


World-renowned architect, Frank Gehry (Photo: © Sébastien MICKE/PARISMATCH/SCOOP)



I’d like to thank Espace Louis Vuitton s and 21_21 Design Sight’s staff who kindly let me shoot their beautiful art spaces… ありがとうございます!!


How to get to Espace Louis Vuitton?

Espace Louis Vuitton map

“The Fondation Louis Vuitton Building”, Louis Vuitton Omotesando Bldg: 7F 5-7-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo – Closest Station:  Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon & Chiyoda Lines  (Omotesando Station – Exit A1) , Tokyo Metro Chiyoda & Fukutoshin Line (Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station -Exit 4),  JR Yamanote Line ( Harajuku Station, Omotesando Exit)  Admission FREE –  Photos are permitted inside the gallery – ENDS January 31st, 2016.


How to get to 21_21 Design Sight?

21 21 design sight map

“I have an Idea”, 21-21 Design Sight9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Closest Station:  Toei Oedo Line (Roppongi Station, Exit 6 to Tokyo  Midtown Roppongi), Hibiya Line (Roppongi Station, Exit 6) and Chiyoda Line (Nogizaka Station, Exit 3) Admission: General ¥1,100, Photos are permitted inside the Museum – ENDS February 7, 2016


All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!


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