Burgundy rules in French architecture’s game of stones

The Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton was also built with the Pierre de Bourgogne stone

The beauty of a building often stems from the material used to build it and Pierre de Bourgogne limestone is a classic example.  

This stone has been used in many stunning buildings around the world, including the staircases of the Louvre; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the base of the Statue of Liberty; the Taipei Tower in Taiwan; and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

Architect Sir Norman Foster chose light-coloured Anstrude stone from Burgundy to dress the walls of his extension in the Great Court of the British Museum in London in 2000.

It is also used in ultra-modern contemporary architecture – such as the Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry, which opened in Paris in 2014.

Two abbeys in Burgundy are notably built from it: the 11th-century Notre-Dame de Cîteaux, at Saint-Nicolas-lès-Cîteaux, south of Dijon, and ...

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