August 3, 2021

The Luma Tower in Arles will open in June

Symbol of the creation of the creative campus of the same name, the Luma Tower will be inaugurated in June in Arles. An impressive architectural work that is part of a larger project dedicated to contemporary art.

The Luma Tower has? Arles will open in June – iStock-wjarek

Luma Creative Campus opens in June

Supported by the co-heir of Roche pharmaceutical laboratories, Maja Hoffmann, the project to create the Luma creative campus in Arles is about to come to fruition. It will be able to open its doors and welcome the public from June, on the 26th exactly. More than five years of work will have been necessary to give life to a vast park of more than 11 hectares of surface dedicated to contemporary art in all its forms: paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations of all kinds. Maja Hoffmann, great art collector and patron, wanted to create a welcoming space for artists from all over the world, an “activator of the artistic, cultural, ecological, social and economic fabric of Arles and the Camargue” like her declared it. More than 150 million euros have been invested, via private funds, to rehabilitate and transform former SNCF warehouses, renamed the Parc des Ateliers. The Luma creative campus even aims to become a European capital of contemporary art, like Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim Museum, named after one of the world’s greatest patrons, Peggy Guggenheim. Maja Hoffmann does not hide her desire to be inspired by the site of Bilbao, whose architecture is a work of art in itself. It is in this perspective that one of the world’s stars of architecture, Franck Gehry, took part in the project.

A tower with incredible architecture

The famous architect Franck Gehry has put his incomparable style on the design of the Luma Tower, the culmination of the creative campus. The author of several flagship projects around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao among others, has designed and imagined a tower whose distorted facade leaves you dreaming with its 11,000 metal panels covering it. The architect declared on this subject “we wanted to evoke the local anchoring since” The Starry Night “of Van Gogh to the emergence of the boulders of the Alpilles with a rotunda which echoes the Roman arenas”. Some see in the architecture of the Luma Tower some similarities with the creations of Gaudi, known around the world for the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. But more than a totem pole, the Luma Tower, which climbs to more than 56 meters in height on nine floors, will fulfill a very specific function. Exhibitions will be hosted there and several spaces dedicated to seminars but also to a large library are integrated into the project. And to top it off, the public will also be able to enjoy an immense green park which will offer a very pleasant green setting to this architectural ensemble dedicated to contemporary art.