Pavillon Louis Vuitton
Icône Papillon Louis Vuitton
Siège Louis Vuitton, 75008 Paris, France
The project was undertaken as part of an exhibition in which several artists and architects were invited to work on the subject of a “Louis Vuitton” handbag.
The exhibition, installed at first in the 7th floor gallery of the Vuitton building on the Champs- Elysees in Paris, but will travel to New York and Tokyo in the future. The team composed of Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines has chosen to work on the « Papillon » (butterfly) model, and has installed a temporary dome structure made of cardboard tubes covered with Louis Vuitton cloth and a white PVC cloth.
In order to respond to the theme of the exhibition, the details of construction are borrowed from the vocabulary of the leather trade. For example, the braced frames of the structure have been designed with leather recalling the handles of the Papillon purse. Located on the 7th floor at the corner of Avenue George V and Rue Vernet, the project offers visitors a privileged space to enjoy the impressive views of Paris.