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 interiorimage © 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.

 

 

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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’.

 

 

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‘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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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the research centre designed by hella jongerius image © designboom

 

 

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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

 

 

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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

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

    Mattia says:
  • beatiful pictures!

    Eric says:
  • Like it!

    Chen says:
  • Yep! Excellent!

    Kizuku says:
  • that makes sense

    Liv says:
  • i agree with the others. beautiful!

    Kim says:
  • WOW…………I love it ………this so beautiful !!!!!!!!!

    lookgolf-13 says:
  • Really nice,
    So simple, but so complex in the same time!

    Stef says:
  • Wauw

    Mr bojangles says:

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