Twisting Frank Gehry Tower Nears Completion
The Luma Arles tower, located in Arles, France, is nearly complete and features a unique Frank Gehry-designed twisting facade.
The structure aims to be the centerpiece of the Luma Arles, a new 16-acre arts center established by Swiss collector Maja Hoffmann; the site was once a rail depot that has been vacant since 1986.
Construction on the tower began in 2014 and connects two former rail structures that were converted into exhibition spaces, which were designed by New York City firm Selldorf Architects. Six industrial buildings are to be renovated in total.
Standing at 180 feet, the tower includes more than 53,000 square feet of facade, composed of 300 Rimex Linen metal panels welded together with 11,000 blocks of stainless steel. The tower’s base consists of a large class atrium.
When complete, the tower will host programs such as archives, exhibitions, presentations and seminars as well as house a café.
The tower is scheduled to open in May, with the entire site scheduled for completion in 2021.