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[VIDEO] Resisting to the winds: the building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton

Pascal Hémon, research engineer at the LadHyX, worked on the building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton inaugurated on Monday, October 27. He studied the effects of the wind on the building in order for it to resist to potential bursts of 180 kilometers per hour.

The Fondation Louis Vuitton opened on Monday October 27, 2014. The building with twelve glass sails, situated in the bois de Boulogne west of Paris, is a "miracle of intelligence, creation and technology" according to President François Hollande.

Pascal Hémon, research engineer at the Hydrodynamics Laboratory of École Polytechnique, worked on the building of the Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by American architect Frank Gehry. With one aim: to make sure that the building will resist potential violent wind bursts.

In this video, the engineer tells us how challenging it was to do the simulations for a building of such a complex geometric design.

Pascal Hémon holds a PhD in mechanics. Currently a research engineer at the LadHyX (joint research facility CNRS–École Polytechnique), Pascal has worked in industrial blowers for more than 10 years before joing the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the LadHyX in 2002. He specializes in induced vibration flows, especially for the field of civil engineering and construction. He is an active member of the Association of Wind Engineering (Belgium France Switzerland) which he chaired for four years.