Louis Vuitton Island, Singapore

A glass-and-steel pavilion Moshe Safdie
A glass-and-steel pavilion Moshe Safdie built at the edge of the Marina Bay Sands resort has opened as the Louis Vuitton Island ‘maison'
(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

Moshe Safdie's (opens in new tab) spectacular Marina Bay Sands (opens in new tab) resort is the gift to Singapore that keeps on giving. As if the hotel, casino, mega-mall, skating rink and rooftop infinity pool weren't enough, now one of two glass-and-steel pavilions Safdie built at the edge of the bay has opened as a Louis Vuitton (opens in new tab) Island 'maison'.

The label hired longtime Vuitton collaborator (and architectural provocateur) Peter Marino (opens in new tab) to outfit the Safdie 'crystal' with an interior reminiscent of a luxury cruise liner. Marino has designed all Vuitton's 12 maisons worldwide, but the setting of Singapore's has guaranteed a unique experience for the label-loving Asian market. Visitors can access the flagship (LV's fifth location in the small country) by bridge; by 'travelator', which ascends into the centre of the showroom from an underground tunnel; or, naturally, by private boat.

In the more intimate lower rooms, which house fine jewellery and the men's 'universe', Marino covered the floors and panelled the walls in shipbuilding timber buffed to the nines like a Monte Carlo cruiser. An angular staircase with a nautical balustrade cuts across the place and carries visitors up past a Ruben Toledo (opens in new tab) cityscape to the sun-splashed upper decks. Here, floating ceilings and window shades angled like trapezoidal sails control the natural light yet maximise the 360-degree views; Marino positioned the showrooms around the core of the building, so shoppers can look out from the perimeter.

There's no shortage of spaces in which to luxuriate: high rollers enjoy exclusive presentations in the private lounge, and a loggia off the mezzanine overlooks the harbour like a ship's upper deck. But Marino, who is perhaps most famous for his exhibitionist's wardrobe of black leather chaps and matching accessories (see Wallpaper* 138), comes into his own in the women's universe, where he's suspended ships' masts from the 11m ceilings like trapeze swings.

Then, over the women's accessories department, he's hung a 15m by 8m twisted-wood sculpture called Upper Strut, by British artist Richard Deacon (opens in new tab). Viewed from different perspectives and from different floors, the artwork appears to move dynamically across the soaring expanse. It can make you feel a bit delirious - but, frankly, that's not a bad state of mind for a shopper.

The label hired longtime Vuitton collaborato

The label hired longtime Vuitton collaborator (and architectural provocateur) Peter Marino to outfit Safdie's ‘crystal' with an interior reminiscent of a luxury cruise liner

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

LV's fifth location in the small country

Visitors can access the flagship (LV's fifth location in the small country) by bridge; by ‘travelator', which ascends into the centre of the showroom from an underground tunnel; or, naturally, by private boat

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

The more intimate lower rooms

In the more intimate lower rooms, which house the men's ‘universe', Marino covered the floors and panelled the walls in shipbuilding timber buffed to the nines like a Monte Carlo cruiser

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

The bookstore, stocked with art and fashion tomes, elevates the fashion 'maison' to the level of cultural experience

The bookstore, stocked with art and fashion tomes, elevates the fashion 'maison' to the level of cultural experience

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There's no shortage of spaces in which to luxuriate: high rollers enjoy exclusive presentations in the private lounge

There's no shortage of spaces in which to luxuriate: high rollers enjoy exclusive presentations in the private lounge...

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

A loggia off the mezzanine overlooks the harbour like a ship's upper deck

... and a loggia off the mezzanine overlooks the harbour like a ship's upper deck

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

An angular staircase with a nautical balustrade cuts across the place

An angular staircase with a nautical balustrade cuts across the place and carries visitors up past a Ruben Toledo cityscape to the sun-splashed upper decks

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

The Ruben Toledo mural

The Ruben Toledo mural

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

The Travel Room highlights the label's fine luggage collections

The Travel Room highlights the label's fine luggage collections...

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Overlooks the women's accessories lounge

... and overlooks the women's accessories lounge

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A nautical-themed rug follows the contours of the women's accessories lounge

A nautical-themed rug follows the contours of the women's accessories lounge

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The high-end items are most prominently placed here

Unlike at other LV 'maisons', the high-end items are most prominently placed here

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The Women's Universe has 11m floating ceilings and window shades that resemble trapezoidal sails

The Women's Universe has 11m floating ceilings and window shades that resemble trapezoidal sails

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

The window shades control the natural light coming in, yet maximise the 360-degree views

The window shades control the natural light coming in, yet maximise the 360-degree views

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)

Marino hung a 15m by 8m twisted-wood sculpture called 'Upper Strut', by British artist Richard Deacon

Over the women's bag bar, Marino hung a 15m by 8m twisted-wood sculpture called 'Upper Strut', by British artist Richard Deacon. Viewed from different perspectives and from different floors, the artwork appears to move dynamically across the soaring expanse

(Image credit: Louis Vuitton)