In the northern section of the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris stands the Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank O. Gehry as a modern interpretation of the 19th-century crystal palace. The nucleus of the building, clad in smooth white concrete, is embraced and concealed by a complex series of glass sails designed using advanced 3D technology and built as individual pieces.
Inside, the foundation’s permanent and temporary exhibitions span 11 rooms, while the auditorium can be configured to hold between 350 and 1,000 people. This 900 sq m hall receives natural light through large lateral windows and has a solid oak parquet floor. Mapei products were used to lay the latter, especially to ensure a long lasting solution able to handle the risks posed by the dampness.
The waterproofing was done using the Primer MF, a two-component epoxy primer, with this surface then saturated with Quarzo 1,2 to create an additional barrier against dampness. Next, it was levelled using Plano 3. The parquet pieces are 180 mm wide, 2,100 mm and 2,410 mm long and 20 mm thick and were glued using Ultrabond Eco S948 1K. A section of the floor (about 500 sq m) was glued onto a concealable modular segment made of wooden panels on a metal frame. Mapei products were also used to lay the bathroom tiles on the floor and walls, using Keraflex high-performance cementitious adhesive and Kerapoxy Design epoxy resin-based grout as it is acid resistant and easy to clean.