herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
 
herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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…

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
view of the tüllinger hill from the loft of the ‘vitrahaus’
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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.

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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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’.

 

 

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

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
image © designboom

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
one of the showrooms has been dedicated to the designs of charles & ray eames
image © designboom

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
another room displays the work of jean prouvé and verner panton combined with contemporary designs
by hella jongerius, jasper morrison, maarten van severen…
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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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.

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
view from the first floor out onto the entrance
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
the ‘house’ is opened by windows looking into the intersecting spaces
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
view from the second floor onto the first floor
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
a view down into the research centre designed by hella jongerius
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
the research centre designed by hella jongerius
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
image © designboom

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
the vitra chair collection
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
part of the vitra museum’s chair collection on show in the vitrine
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
first select your country
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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.

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
select an object from the room on the touch screen
image © designboom

 

 

herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior
find out more info about the object and designer
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herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus interior

inside the elevator
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  • Wauw

    Mr bojangles
  • Really nice,
    So simple, but so complex in the same time!

    Stef
  • WOW…………I love it ………this so beautiful !!!!!!!!!

    lookgolf-13
  • i agree with the others. beautiful!

    Kim
  • that makes sense

    Liv
  • Yep! Excellent!

    Kizuku
  • Like it!

    Chen
  • beatiful pictures!

    Eric
  • Thank you for posting some many images of this incredible project! Really a milestone in furniture showroom design.

    Mattia

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