The Luma Arles project is being led by Maja Hoffmann, who has put together a Core Group including Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf. Each member of the group actively contributed to developing the architectural design and artistic vision.
First stage of the Luma Arles architectural project:
To develop a cultural platform that guarantees maximum flexibility for research and artistic production.
The Parc des Ateliers centre piece:
The Tower designed by Frank Gehry (1). It will house archives, exhibition and presentation spaces, seminar rooms and a café/restaurant.
In the interest of sustainable energy use, the consumption of primary energy is being minimized so as to use a larger share from natural energy sources. Thus, passive solar design technology is storing the sun’s heat in the rotunda of the Tower designed by Frank Gehry; the exhibition spaces of the buildings renovated by Selldorf Architects are being naturally ventilated; the centralised system of cogeneration is fed with pure vegetable oil and recycled oil; more than 2000 m2 of solar panels are being installed and rainwater will be collected for irrigating green spaces and providing water for sanitary facilities.
Funding the project
The Luma Foundation provided the seed funding to launch the project. Luma Arles is committed to working with local artisans, contractors, and suppliers and has been developed a program with the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie to engage local companies.
To date, nine out of 15 companies selected to work on Les Forges are from Arles and the region (74% of the global market). Eight out of 14 companies from Arles and the region have been involved on the renovation of the Mécanique Générale (that is 65% of the global market). Eight out of 15 companies from Arles and the region have been involved in the renovation of the Formation (that is 67% of the global market). 17 companies from Arles work on The Tower construction site.
Industrial buildings on the disused site of former SNCF workshops:
These are intended to host presentations, installations, exhibitions, artists’ residencies.
Five of these buildings are being renovated by Annabelle Selldorf.
A historic building, la Grande Halle (6), was renovated in 2007 by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It is now a presentation & exhibition space.
The whole ensemble of buildings will be located in a public park designed by Bas Smets, including a lake and over 500 trees. The opening is planned for Spring 2021.
Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP
Annabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects
Executive Architecture Team
Studios Architecture, C + D
Bas Smets, Bureau Bas Smets
Setec, Terrel, Tess, BMF, Socotec, Transsolar, Lamoureux, Terao, C & C, Cass
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