An artistic Ductal® façade for a new store in Miami

29 April 2013

A beautiful façade for the new Louis Vuitton "Maison" store in Miami, Florida has a unique, seamless appearance like a white screen catching the sunlight. This artistic creation was achieved using a combination of flat and curved white Ductal® UHPC panels that are just 25 mm thick and produced in two different patterns to mimic the iconic Louis Vuitton flowers.


Ductal's ability to meet the architect's design requirements included the need for a highly customized, high quality exterior façade that is light weight, thin and durable - with resistance to hurricane force winds

The panels, averaging 2 m x 1.7 m, were assembled onsite to achieve a full height of 12 m. The building has no orthogonal grid and the star-shaped precast UHPC flowers were added afterwards. In addition to the 18,000 sq. ft. store's impressive façade, its interior, another successful collaboration with the architect Peter Marino, features a grand staircase with handrails wrapped in leather as well as artworks by Cuban-born artist Jorge Pardo and others.

At "Maison Aventura", one the largest Louis Vuitton stores in North America, art and culture is combined to create a memorable shopping experience.

People / Companies involved in the project:

  • Design: Louis Vuitton Malletier Architecture Department, Paris
  • Store Planning: Louis Vuitton North America, NYC
  • Architect: Atmosphere Design Group
  • Precaster: DEX Industries
  • Engineering: Buro Happold
  • Engineering: Bromley Cook
  • Construction Management: Dimension One, Inc.