New York designer and architect Peter Marino (renowned for designing interiors for fashion luxury houses) and Boston-based Moshe Safdie have collaborated to create the ‘Louis Vuitton Island Maison’, a 25,000 square foot glass pavilion that emerges from the water in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Complex.
The pavilion also houses a bookstore, where visitors can browse a specially curated selection of books on travel, design, art and culture, and a piece of artwork by Cuban-born illustrator Ruben Toledo is on display. As an extension of the travel room, an outdoor Loggia reminiscent of the deck of a yacht evokes Louis Vuitton’s associations not only with the golden age of ocean travel but also with sailing competitions (notably the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup).
Visitors can access the Louis Vuitton Island in three different ways: via an outdoor bridge; by boat, disembarking at a jetty; and from the mall via an underground tunnel (that also functions as exhibition space) which leads them to the centre of the pavilion. This marks the 12th Maison by the brand in the world, and the first in Southeast Asia.