specialty store over 25,000 sf
Louis Vuitton Island
Maison Marina Bay Sands
THIS EXTRAORDINARY ISLAND crystal pavilion is luxury giant
Louis Vuitton’s newest store in Singapore. The store, which opened in September 2011,
is the luxury brand’s twelfth Maison in the world and the first in southeast Asia. Set in
the beautiful Marina Bay Sands resort development, surrounded by water and built of
glass and steel, the glass pavilion was designed by Sommerville, Mass.-based Moshe Safdie,
with the retail interior designed by New York-based Peter Marino.
The store carries Louis Vuitton brand products, including luggage, handbags, jewelry,
watches, clothing, and accessories. This location also features a bookstore with a curated
selection of books on travel, design, art, and culture in a comfortable environment for
browsing. Because of the store’s island location, several access methods were designed (boat,
Photography: Louis Vuitton, Hong Kong, China
tunnel, or bridge) to make reaching the store an experience and set the mood for an extra-
The interior design’s nautical theme reflects both the Maison’s location and the Louis
Vuitton brand’s association with travel and sailing. Design elements support the message,
including light fixtures suspended from the ceiling that evoke ship masts, an outdoor loggia
reminiscent of a luxury ocean liner’s deck, and art and cultural elements that showcase the
artistic life of the city.
The main challenge for the design team was to manage the light levels within the all-glass
Consulting (wall treatment & ceiling) F TL
Design Engineering Studio New York, NY
Design (pavilion) Moshe Safdie Architects
pavilion and to protect the luxury goods from harmful UV damage. The solution was a series
of over 300 unique framed panels with a UV-resistant membrane skin. The New York-based
tensile architecture specialist FTL Design Engineering Studio was contracted to develop the
Design (retail interior) Peter Marino Architect
New York, NY
design of the shading system. The panels were fabricated by Toronto-based Eventscape.
General Contracting ISG Asia Singapore
Retailer Louis Vuitton Hong Kong, China
Wall and Ceiling Treatment Eventscape Inc.
Together covering a total area of 25,000 square feet, each custom sun shade measures
almost 20 feet long. Two different architectural textiles, one made of PTFE and the other of
Toronto, ON, Canada
glass fiber with polymer coatings, were used to achieve the specific translucencies required
on walls and ceilings. Designed to be durable and easily cleaned, the panels allow consistent
diffused light and are positioned so that visitors are still able to see the spectacular views
of surrounding Marina Bay.