Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum. (Photography: Gilles Paire/ (photo: Gilles Paire/
Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum. (Photography: Gilles Paire/
15.12.2016, 01:47

Case Study: Protecting Valuable Works of Art

An intelligent Siemens fire system combining the highest safety standards with cutting-edge technology, has been installed and subjected to rigorous testing at The Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum which is home to one of the most valuable art collections in Paris.

An intelligent Siemens fire system combining the highest safety standards with cutting-edge technology, has been installed and subjected to rigorous testing at The Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum which is home to one of the most valuable art collections in Paris.


The Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum, rises like billowing sails above the treetops of the world-famous Bois de Boulogne Park in Paris.  Designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, and the brainchild of Bernard Arnault, patron of the arts and chairman of Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the publicly traded French holding company that owns majority shares in more than 60 luxury brands.  This striking piece of architecture has been described as an "haute couture" building housing one of the most valuable and visionary art collections of its time, including the art of Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh, reinforcing the connection between LVMH and art and design.


It is not just its design that is ground breaking but the technical infrastructure of the multi-award winning 11,000 metres square building sets a new benchmark as well.  This includes state-of-the-art fire safety and building energy management from Siemens Building Technologies.


Distinctive, prestigious buildings are often irreplaceable and present extra demands for effective and reliable fire safety solutions.  The Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum is enveloped in glass sails up to forty six metres in height with a massive entrance hall which leads to twelve exhibition galleries housing priceless masterpieces and international art collections. Each gallery is a different shape and size.  The height, distinctive outline and scale of this monumental building makes it challenging to access and protect. 


An intelligent Siemens fire safety system has been installed which combines the highest safety standards with international product innovations and cutting-edge technology.  Rigorous testing carried out by Siemens proved the effectiveness of the system, even in rooms with very high ceilings and volume.


The system consists of the advanced Sinteso fire control panel and fire detection system.  Intelligent Sinteso devices will detect minute smoke particles and will provide an instant fire alert. Importantly, they will determine false fire phenomena due to issues such as airborne particles, humidity and temperature change, and will not alarm in these instances. This solution provides the highest levels of detection reliability with optimum adaptability to customer requirements and resources. 


The Siemens contract package includes comprehensive, 24/7 maintenance for all facilities - with a guaranteed minimum response time.


In addition the Siemens Desigo integrated building solution has been installed which offers fully automatic control of temperature and hydrometry.  The contribution the Desigo system plays in minimising the museum’s energy consumption has been recognised by the award of the HQE, a new quality seal given to buildings housing cultural assets that have reduced their energy consumption.


Project Manager and Director of the Ile-de-France Nord/Est Region of Building Technologies Jacques Ravoire states “Our complete package of maintenance services and high return over the long term, as well as the reliability of our systems, offer our customers maximum efficiency.  We are very proud that we were able to contribute our top-rated equipment and expertise to the Fondation Louis Vuitton Museum, a sensational building that annually attracts over a million visitors from around the world.”



Siemens and Fire Safety

Siemens is one of the founding fire safety equipment manufacturers and installers and has introduced many ‘firsts’ within the fire industry: the first ionisation smoke detector in 1941, the first analogue addressable system and the first genuine guarantee against false alarms and system lifetime guarantee.  Siemens operates as both a manufacturer of advanced fire detection and extinguishing systems, as well as designing, delivering and supporting multiple customers across the UK and the rest of the world.


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