Arles is famous for its architecture, mild Mediterranean climate and the landscapes that Vincent van Gogh captured in his work. Now another famous artist has left his mark on the city's history
March 3, 2020
In Arles, southern France, the Luma Tower, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is nearing completion. The city is famous for its historic buildings, ancient Roman monuments and an amphitheater reminiscent of the Colosseum. Now, a glass building with “winding” facades from the classic of deconstructivism, who recently turned 91, rises above the cozy streets.
The construction was sponsored by the Luma Foundation, founded by the Swiss collector Maja Hoffmann. The organization supports independent contemporary artists and pioneers in various fields of art.
The monumental project occupies a former railway depot that combines two industrial buildings that Selldorf Architects recently converted into exhibition halls. The tower will house research centers and artists' studios, as well as rooms for seminars and workshops. Landscape architect Bas Smets will create a public park around the building.
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