New photos of Frank Gehry‘s tower at LUMA Arles show a mountainous, twisting structure taking shape on the 16-acre site in France. The tower will house a variety of functions, including research facilities, workshop and seminar room, as well as artist studios. The building is expected to be completed in spring 2019.

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The 9,000-square-metre stainless steel tower sits on LUMA Arles, a large site previously occupied by 19th century railroad workshops. Today, this area is undergoing a rehabilitation process helmed by New York-based Selldorf Architects, while Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets plan to create a beautiful park adjacent to Gehry’s mountain-like tower.

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LUMA Arles will function as an experimental contemporary center where artists and researchers can collaborate on a variety of multidisciplinary projects. Swiss pharmaceutical heiress and contemporary art collector Maja Hoffmann leads the cultural project, expected to cost around €100 million, and is the Executive Director of LUMA Arles and President of the LUMA Foundation.

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Photos by Victor Picon, via LUMA Arles

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Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LUMA Arles, green tower, France, Selldorf Architects, Bas Smets, cultural complex, rehabilitation, artist's studio, stainless steel, LUMA Foundation

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