herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
original content
feb 19, 2010
herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior


herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
image © iwan baan

 

 

a combination of furniture showroom, museum and resource centre, a trip to the ‘vitrahaus’
is like traveling through design history…

 

 


view of the tüllinger hill from the loft of the ‘vitrahaus’
image © designboom

 

 

vitra commissioned swiss architects herzog & de meuron to design the ‘vitrahaus’ in 2006.
now complete, it is an interior space dedicated to presenting the vitra home collection
at the vitra campus in weil am rhein on the border of switzerland and germany.

 

the tour of the ‘vitrahaus’ begins on the top storey of the building. as one exits the lift,
they are greeted by an overwhelming view of the tüllinger hill to the north. on the opposite end,
a glass front is recessed to create an exterior terrace which opens onto a panorama of basel, switzerland.

 

wandering through the house, visitors will discover, that the directional orientation of the houses
is hardly arbitrary, but determined by the views of the surrounding landscape.

 

 


image © designboom

 

 
a place in which people can explore and heighten their sense of design, it offers individuals an opportunity
to engage in the work of leading contemporary designers. each of the ‘houses’ contain showrooms
which have been set-up to resemble that of residential settings. it is a place where individuals can begin
to research and define their design ‘style’.

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


‘vitrahaus’
architecture by herzog & de meuron
photo by iwan baan
image © vitra

 

 


one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
image © designboom

 

 


one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
image © designboom

 

 


one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


another room displays the work of jean prouvé and verner panton combined with contemporary designs
by hella jongerius, jasper morrison, maarten van severen…

image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 

the interior space’s complexity not only comes from the angular intersections of each of the individual houses,
but from the inclusion of a second geometrical concept. all of the staircases are expansive, winding organic forms,
drilling their way through the various levels of the building, sometimes revealing an immense visual relationship between
the various houses, while at other times blocking the views.

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


view from the first floor out onto the entrance
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


the ‘house’ is opened by windows looking into the intersecting spaces
image © designboom

 

 


view from the second floor onto the first floor
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


a view down into the research centre designed by hella jongerius
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


the research centre designed by hella jongerius
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


three poles located at the entrance of the ‘vitrahaus’ act as structural supports, indicating where the most houses
are stacked on top of one another

image © designboom

 

 


the vitra chair collection
image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


image © designboom

 

 


part of the vitra museum’s chair collection on show in the vitrine
image © designboom

 

 


first select your country
image © designboom

 

 

each room of the ‘vitrahaus’ has a touchscreen. when visitors and clients arrive at the ‘vitrahaus’,
they receive a ‘key’ which they can use to activate the screens. here individuals can select different
objects within that showroom, find out more information about a particular design or its designer,
and can even purchase directly from the vitra catalog from these stations.

 

 


select an object from the room on the touch screen
image © designboom

 

 


find out more info about the object and designer
image © designboom

 

 



inside the elevator
image © designboom

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library