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Louis Vuitton owns an island?

Louis Vuitton owns an island?

Maybe include the Louis Vuitton Island Maison in your next island hopping plan.

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What’s situated on water, considered an island, and ultra rich? Singapore, yes. But also, the Louis Vuitton Island Maison.

The first and only of its kind, the Louis Vuitton Island Maison sits serenely on the Marina Bay promenade in front of the Marina Bay Sands building. Dubbed the ‘crystal pavilion’ during its conception, the Island Maison building is instantly recognisable with its futuristic all-glass exterior and avant-garde angles.

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison opened to much fanfare in 2011, a few months after the iconic Marina Bay Sands building officially opened in the same year. Louis Vuitton owns several ‘maisons’ spread out across the globe, stunning works of architecture that not only house their luxury products, but also showcase phenomenal art and interior decor. Such ‘maisons’ are usually situated in thriving, modern cities, a symbolic landmark of wealth, success, and indulgence in the metropolis.

A ‘maison’ is not just a store – it is a larger-than-life experience.

What’s situated on water, considered an island, and ultra rich? Singapore, yes. But also, the Louis Vuitton Island Maison.

The first and only of its kind, the Louis Vuitton Island Maison sits serenely on the Marina Bay promenade in front of the Marina Bay Sands building. Dubbed the ‘crystal pavilion’ during its conception, the Island Maison building is instantly recognisable with its futuristic all-glass exterior and avant-garde angles.

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison opened to much fanfare in 2011, a few months after the iconic Marina Bay Sands building officially opened in the same year. Louis Vuitton owns several ‘maisons’ spread out across the globe, stunning works of architecture that not only house their luxury products, but also showcase phenomenal art and interior decor. Such ‘maisons’ are usually situated in thriving, modern cities, a symbolic landmark of wealth, success, and indulgence in the metropolis.

A ‘maison’ is not just a store – it is a larger-than-life experience.

To many, the luxury brand is known as a purveyor of bags and garments with a long heritage, but it has also long been a supporter of architecture, art, and culture. Reminiscent of a nautical yacht, award-winning architect and interior designer, Peter Marino, looked to traditions of seafaring for the Island Maison’s interior. The store’s glossy wooden floors resemble ship decks, and nautical balustrades adorn the sides of grand staircases. A unique shading system of white bands furnish the walls and ceilings, shading the store from the equatorial sunshine Singapore receives year-round.

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A colourful Reuben Toledo mural graces the wall, depicting the local cityscape. Meanwhile, a twisted wood sculpture created by artist Richard Deacon hangs above the women’s bag bar.

The Louis Vuitton Island Maison is one of a kind, and not just because of its namesake. Every aspect of the building and its space was built and designed with Singapore in mind. Simply put – it is a building that will not make sense anywhere else in the world.

So why Singapore?

The Louis Vuitton official website introduces Singapore as a ‘nexus of Southeast Asia’, a city where a variety of people and cultures converge. The Marina Bay Sands waterfront, where the Island Maison sits, is described as ‘the showcase of modern Singapore’, and ‘the perfect backdrop for the city’s glamorous attractions’.

It’s easy to see why Louis Vuitton would want to situate themselves here. Singapore’s diversity makes it easy and welcoming for tourists to visit, and those with money to spare would be more than happy to splurge on the beautiful and the glamorous. Situated against the backdrop of the towering skyscrapers, the Island Maison is memorable and iconic, a fitting addition to all the other Louis Vuitton maisons housed in glittering metropolitan locations.

For Singapore, hosting a Louis Vuitton Maison, especially one so outstanding, adds another notch in its luxury belt. Not only does it strengthen Singapore as a luxury shopping destination, but elevates the metropolis with exclusive, high-end cultural capital. Luxury shopping, art, and architecture all in one place? What’s not to love.

The Island Maison isn’t just an expensive sitting duck on the water. Since its opening, the store has housed several exclusive pop-ups and art exhibitions, drawing many in to visit. Landscape Memories (2013) was an exhibition that showcased the works of Singaporean artists, while pop-ups present a tantalising first look at the brand’s newest collections. Not only is this a way to continuously draw shoppers back to the Island Maison, but it also reaches out to a larger demographic of art-lovers, and more.

The newest Louis Vuitton Maison recently opened in Seoul, South Korea. Curiously, like the Island Maison, this building is also predominantly made out of glass, new and shiny. However, the curved, swooping glass exterior has just a hint of Korean architectural influence, a testament to the brand’s global expansion with thoughtful local touches.

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For Louis Vuitton, it looks like the glass ceiling is hardly the limit when it comes to innovative architecture and a real global presence.

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