The LUMA Foundation was established by Maja Hoffmann in 2004 in Switzerland to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary and multimedia. The centerpiece of LUMA Arles in the Parc des Ateliers will be a new Arts Resource Center designed by Frank Gehry, which will house research and reference facilities, workshop and seminar rooms, and artist studios and presentation spaces.
Creating a unified exterior presence with interior lighting is often a challenge in multiple tenant spaces and mixed-use buildings, as numerous rooms and functions within the building employ different lighting schemes. A system of shades with concealed linear lighting grazing the outward-facing surfaces of the shades creates a unified outward glow, without needing to illuminate the entirety of the interior spaces, thereby conserving energy.
L’Observatoire scope includes the building façade and interior public spaces of the Arts Resource Center.