The Collection of new home built by Vitrahaus at Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, a new structure near the Vitra Design Museum designed by Frank Gehry (1989) and Conference Center by Tadao Ando (1993). Signed by Herzog and de Meuron to open the doors to the public in Germany.
The architects have proposed an innovative model of a typical house to vitrahaus new home collection, is understood as a composition of five floors – two walls, two layers and sloping floors. The images in “domestic scale, the interior of the showroom meant to evoke family housing, rather than purely aesthetic gallery.
This project is formed from a collection of three-dimensional, appear chaotic, 12 “single case” is understood as an abstract element. Only the terminal valves are opened by large windows and finished flush, while the body seems to stretch a single slice extrusion. Intersect different units developed a total of five floors, and reached at a point 15 meters height crutch. The result is a small town stratified vertically.
With a maximum length of 57 meters, width 54 and 21.30 meters high, is now the tallest building in VitraHaus campus, and the new landmark of the campus.
A “road” paved with wooden bar which is the central, open, grouped around the five buildings. On the one hand we find a zone conference and exhibition space, the other combines Vitra Design Museum Shop, a foyer with a reception, a cloakroom and a cafe with outdoor terrace.
Series suggests visitors starting from the top floor, accessible by elevator. Trail leads down through the various plans, finally returning to the point of departure. Circuit gradually gives way to understand that the proper distribution and proper orientation of the various units, far from being random, deliberately framed in a particular part of the surrounding landscape.
Articulation of interior space to respond to the need to integrate both the geometric concept: the flight of stairs is actually obtained by twisting the volume of organic and expressive of a path through successive levels of the building, “Herod” like a worm, sometimes spectacular visually express the relationship between different units, sometimes interposing overall vision.
VitraHaus showed different appearance depending on the day and night. If during the day from inside the building tend to look to the scene outside, dusk-lit interior, especially visible, while the outer forms of the building gradually dissolve in the darkness. Rooms enlarged and then the windows of the converted into a lantern-spired that lit windows and still alive Vitra Campus and the surrounding landscape.
The first building was designed by Zaha Hadid Vitra. Vitra Design Museum, the first being the construction of Frank Gehry outside North America and Tadao Ando has created his first work of architecture outside of Japan because of the campus. Nicholas Grimshaw, Alvaro Siza and Sanaa designed every production warehouse. Campus is also home construction, which was signed by Richard Buckminster Fuller, Jean Prouvé and Jasper Morrison.
Design © Herzog & de Meuron
Photos © Iwan Baan
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