IN IMAGES: A history of France’s most controversial architecture

When the $130 million Fondation Louis Vuitton opened to the public in Paris in October it was greeted with a mix of enthusiasm and disdain. Some praised Frank Gehry’s striking design, which has been dubbed “the glass ship”, while others labelled the building nothing more than a “vanity project” for LVMH boss Bernard Arnault. The hullabaloo is nothing new however, with echoes of the furore that has greeted many of France’s most famous building projects over the years. We take a look at some examples of French architecture that were hated by many before being loved by most.



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