Architectural project

The Luma Arles project is being led by Maja Hoffmann, who has put together a core team including Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno and Beatrix Ruf. The team’s members have each actively contributed to developing the architecture plan and the artistic programme.

First stage of the Luma Arles architectural project:
To develop a cultural platform that guarantees maximum flexibility for research and artistic production.

The Parc des Ateliers centre piece:
The Arts Resource Centre designed by Frank Gehry (1). It will house archives, exhibition and presentation spaces, seminar rooms and a café/restaurant.

Industrial buildings on the disused site of former SNCF workshops:
These are intended to host presentations, installations, exhibitions, artists’ residencies.

Five of these buildings are being renovated by Annabelle Selldorf.
- Les Forges (3)
Presentation / exhibition space
La Cour des Forges (3.1)
- La Mécanique Générale (5)
Presentation / exhibition space; workshop area occupied by Atelier Luma
- La Formation (4)
Performing Arts Residencies
- Former Administration Building (2)
Guest House; artists’ residencies

A historic building, la Grande Halle (6), was renovated in 2007 by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. It is now a presentation & exhibition space.

The whole ensemble of buildings will be located in a public park designed by landscape architect Bas Smets, including a pond and over 500 trees.

The opening is planned for 2020.

Sustainable development
In the interest of sustainable energy use, the consumption of primary energy is being minimized so as to use a larger share from natural energy sources. Thus, passive solar design technology is storing the sun’s heat in the rotunda of the Arts Resource Building designed by Frank Gehry; the exhibition spaces of the buildings renovated by Selldorf Architects are being naturally ventilated; the centralised system of cogeneration is fed with biodiesel; more than 2000 m2 of solar panels are being installed and rainwater will be collected for irrigating green spaces and providing water for sanitary facilities.

Funding the project
The Luma Foundation provided the seed funding to launch the project. Luma Arles is committed to working with local artisans, contractors, and suppliers and has been developed a program with the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie to engage local companies. To date, nine out of 15 companies selected to work on Les Forges are from Arles and the region (74% of the global market). Eight out of 14 companies from Arles and the region have been involved on the renovation of the Mécanique Générale (that is 65% of the global market). Eight out of 15 companies from Arles and the region have been involved in the renovation of the Formation (that is 67% of the global market). 17 companies from Arles work on the Arts Resource Building’s construction site.

Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP
Annabelle Selldorf, Selldorf Architects

Executive Architecture Team
Studios Architecture, C + D

Landscape Architect
Bas Smets, Bureau Bas Smets

Project Management

Technical Consultants
Setec, Terrel, Tess, BMF, Socotec, Transsolar, Lamoureux, Terao, C & C, Casso