LOUIS VUITTON ISLAND MAISON, MARINA BAY SANDS, SINGAPORE
This extraordinary island crystal pavilion is luxury giant Louis Vuitton’s newest store in Singapore. Located in the beautiful Marina Bay Sands development, it is the first island maison in Southeast Asia. Louis Vuitton brought in internationally acclaimed architect Peter Marino to design the store interior from the ground up. The interior design reflects a nautical theme, consistent with both the location and the brand’s historical association with travel.
The main challenge for the design team of Peter Marino and FTL was to manage the light levels within the all-glass pavilion and to protect the luxury goods from harmful UV damage. The solution was a series of over 300 unique framed panels with a UV resistant membrane skin. Covering a total area of 25,000 square feet, each custom sun shade is almost 20 feet long. Two different architectural textiles, one made of PTFE and the other glass fiber with polymer coatings were used to achieve the specific translucencies required on the walls and ceilings. Extremely durable and easily cleaned, the panels allow consistent diffused light and are positioned so that visitors are still able to access spectacular views of the surrounding Marina Bay. Tensile architecture specialists, FTL Design Engineering Studio from New York, were contracted to develop the design of the shading system and Eventscape worked with all parties to make the shades a reality.
Project: Louis Vuitton
Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Design: Peter Marino Architect
Shading Skin Consultant: FTL Design Engineering Studio
Pavilion Design: Moshe Safdie
Completion: September, 2011
Photography: William Cho, Rebecca Ang, Louis Vuitton