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Vitrahaus, Vitra Campus

Herzog & de Meuron

VitraHaus is the last addition to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, an experiment in powerfully communicative architecture. The design company Vitra are “collectors” of architectural objects: manufacturing premises by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank O. Gehry, Álvaro Siza and, now under construction, Kazuyo Sejima; Tadao Ando’s conference centre; the densely figurative presence of the Vitra Design Museum in the 1989 Frank O. Gehry project; the first built project by Zaha Hadid; reconstructions of works by Jean Prouvé and Buckminster Fuller, the large-scale sculpture of Oldenburg and van Bruggen. All these add power of attraction to this shrine of contemporary art/design/architecture.
Here Herzog & de Meuron’s plans for VitraHaus have produced a showpiece of a building with a dual function: room in which to display the collection of residential company products as furnishings for a...

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