Vitra Haus, the new home of Vitra's Home Collection, has been covered widely by design media, and not in vain. It is a beautiful example of Jacques Herzog's and Pierre de Meuron's ability to take the ubiquitous stacked-houses concept and still make it look new, interesting and inviting.

Architectural design – Vitra Haus

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Vitra Haus, the new home of Vitra’s Home Collection, has been covered widely by design media, and not in vain. It is a beautiful example of Jacques Herzog’s and Pierre de Meuron’s ability to take the ubiquitous stacked-houses concept and still make it look new, interesting and inviting. This amazing construction was built as a design showroom and it houses exhibition areas, a shop, a cafe which is also connected to the exterior and conference rooms. Its architecture is original and creative.

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It is located on the Rhine plain, reaching five storeys in height and containing 12 separate houses, Vitra House is geared toward the general public, design-aware consumers who will appreciate the building as well as the Vitra products inside. The entire contraption appears both grandiose and intimate at the same time, with the gray exterior disguising the disheveled heap within the site, while the open glass-walled ends and stark, white interiors facilitate the presentation of residential-scale displays.

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Photography by Iwan Baan

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Vitra House is the latest addition to the ever-expanding Vitra Campus that started as an industrial park with the manufacturing facilities. Now the Vitra Design Museum–Frank Gehry’s first European building opened in 1989 — the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando (1993) and the Fire Station by Zaha Hadid (1993) already provide magnificent visual attraction. Vitra Haus and a new circular manufacturing facility by Kazuyo Sejima/SANAA are this year’s entrants to the site.

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Photography by Iwan Baan

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Weil am Rhein is a German town and a community that is a suburb of the Swiss city of Basel in Switzerland. Weil am Rhein is located by the River Rhine, close to the meeting point of the Swiss, German and French borders. The Vitra Design Museum is the town’s biggest draw.

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The Basel-based architecture firm Herzog and Meuron was established in 1978 by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950), and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950). It is known for many prominent international commissions, including the Beijing Olympics’ “Bird’s Nest.” – Tuija Seipell

 

Project name: VitraHaus
Address: Vitra GmbH, Charles-Eames-Strasse, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Project phases
Concept design: 2006
Schematic design: 2006
Design development: 2006 – 2007
Contruction documents: 2007 – 2009
Construction: 2007 – 2009
Opening: March 2010

Project team
Partner: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Wolfgang Hardt
Project architect: Guillaume Delemazure (Associate), Charlotte von Moos, Thomasine Wolfensberger (Associate)
Project team: Katharina Rasshofer, Harald Schmidt, Sara Secci, Nicolas Venzin, Isabel Volkmar, Thomas Wyssen

Client: Vitra Verwaltungs GmbH, Weil am Rhein, Germany

Site area: 12’349 sqm
Building footprint: 1’324 sqm
Building dimensions: Length 57 m (max) – Width 54 m (max) – Heigh 21.3 m
Gross volume (GV): 22’755 cubic m
Gross floor area (GF): 4’126 sqm
Relation GV/GF: 5.5
Facade surface: 7’800 sqm
Number of levels: 1 underground + 5 above ground

Photography: Iwan Baan

Photography by Iwan Baan

 

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