Not dissimilar to an iceberg in appearance, the Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum in Paris is an architectural triumph. Designed by US star architect Frank Gehry, it is hardly surprising that within its first year of opening in 2014, over a million visitors frequented the multi-award winning attraction.
The building is not only impressive on the outside, but is equipped with state-of-the-art building technology, provided by the Siemens Building Technologies Division. The solution ensures protection of the museum’s contents, which to the art world, is priceless.
The temperature inside the museum is regulated at a constant 25°C. Depending on the weather, controllers installed in the floor provide fully automatic heating or cooling. This results in maximum comfort for visitors and optimal climatic conditions for preservation of sensitive exhibits while ensuring the best possible environmental compatibility.
Earlier, the French certification authority Certivéa had selected the Fondation Louis Vuitton as a pilot project for its new quality seal Haute Qualité Environnementale (HQE). The intention is to award the HQE seal to buildings housing cultural assets that have minimised their energy consumption.
An efficient system
Thanks to Siemens, the Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum has achieved high efficiency, through measures such as screen printing on the glass surfaces to reduce solar radiation, high-efficiency insulation and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
In combination with PXC automation stations, the building management system Desigo Insight offers fully automatic control of the temperature and hydrometry in all galleries to meet the requirements of the exhibits.
The Siemens building management system is smart, flexible and intuitive. Clear graphics, a trend viewer, alarm management, scheduling, reporting and analytics make it easy to control the entire building and its many functions.
In addition, the museum is equipped with a Siemens fire safety system. Rigorous testing proved their efficiency even in rooms with very high ceilings and in light of the challenging volume effects characteristic for this type of building. The Siemens contract package also includes comprehensive 24/7 maintenance for all facilities, with a guaranteed response time of just four hours.