Flexible Venue - Fondation Louis Vuitton
The stunning Frank Gehry designed Vuitton Fondation for the Arts is truly a technical achievement. The $143 million glass and steel structure at the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, inspired by the Parisian glass architecture of the 19th and 20th century, is not just a museum for contemporary art, but a remarkable sculpture in its own right.
The unprecedented design called for new methodology at nearly every step of construction, including the the 500m2 auditorium. Designed as a highly flexible performance and lecture space, the theatre has 16 rows of independently operating LinkLift driven platforms that rise from a flat stage floor to as high as 2600mm with seating that cleverly rotates from under the stage up to position.
Retracted to floor level, these platforms together comprise a 200m2 flat stage floor, slightly less than half of the entire auditorium. The LinkLift columns lift the platforms as quickly as 50mm per second with a stroke of 2600mm. Intended to open up into rows, bleacher style, the seats rotate to position with a minimum turnover time of 39s.
The platforms have a static load of 157psf and a dynamic load of 53psf and are operated by 2-3kW motors for lift, and 2-.37W for seat rotation. The entire array is operated by a touch screen interface, allowing performance set up to be swift, highly variable and easy. In addition to the flexible auditorium, the venue also has 6 stage tables, 1 rehausse platform and 1 access platform.
Architect: Frank Gehry Partners, LLP
Scenographer: dUCKS scéno
Construction: VINCI Construction
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