Frank Gehry and his firm struck again. After enchanting the whole world with their revolutionary architecture, they are now completing the project of the “LUMA tower” in Arles in the south of France.
The tower project is located on a former railway depot, it will be about 56 meters high.
Arles is a city that oozes history from every corner, in fact, you can find many monuments dating back to Roman times, such as the amphitheater of 90 AD. But Arles is also remembered for its deep bond with Vincent Van Gogh, who stayed in the French city for about ten years.
Now an architect of Frank Gehry’s caliber is about to leave his indelible mark with a strange tower, covered with eleven thousand metal plates, all unique and numbered pieces.
The “LUMA Tower” will be home to a variety of activities such as research facilities, workshops, seminar rooms and artists’ studios, as well as hosting exhibitions of the art world’s most fashionable artists.
The structure will be surrounded by a huge public park to connect the Parc des Ateliers with the city. The gardens already present are made with plants and flowers of the region and are designed to mitigate the impact of the mistral and summer temperatures. The entire exterior is designed by landscape architect Bas Smets.
The result is a spectacular construction, which seems to be shattered, the eye gets lost in search of a center that does not exist. As it does not exist in the geological formations of the Alpilles portrayed by Van Gogh to which the study was probably inspired.
A pearl that will be ready in just under two years, Frank Gehry has once again opted for his sculptural and organic approach to design, confirming his position as one of the forerunners of the deconstructivist movement.