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BUILDING
 
 
Conference Center
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DESIGNER
 
 
Tadao Ando

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DESCRIPTION
 
Concept
Tadao Ando Vitra Conference CenterThe building stands on land of almost unvarying flatness, with a cover of cherry trees. When first visiting the site, I was struck by the quality of "movement" that the Frank O. Gehry "Design Museum" projected so powerfully.

Opposite Gehry's architecture of 'movement', I introduced the element of 'stillness'. This involved restraining the 'movement' displayed by visible forms in an attempt to deliver 'invisible movement' to prominence.

Choosing the most static of all forms - the square - I employed it in the plan of a sunken court, inset into the flat site. The rectangular volume of the main building interlocks with the court, and is placed nearly halfway below ground to produce an architecture of tranquil presence.

This architecture of 'stillness' begins to acquire rich life when the elements of nature - light and wind - and the movement of people are introduced within it.

A sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen - situated amid the tense dialogue of these poles of 'movement' and 'stillness' - looks on, as if enjoying the contrast presented by the two buildings. By thus engaging the buildings in a relationship of tension. My ultimate aim was to produce a place of strongly provocative character.

Edited by Tadao Ando, courtesy by Vitra
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MATERIALS
 
reinforced concrete, wood, glass

Concrete (Walls, and Ceiling) American Oak (Doors, Floors, Acoustic Walls) Isolating glass

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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Germany [Deutschland]
Land
Baden-Württemberg
District
Freiburg im Breisgau
Town
Weil-am-Rhein
Neighborhoods
Campus Vitra
Address
Charles-Eames-Strasse 1
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Congress and conference centre
Conference halls
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Libraries and media libraries
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1989 - 1993    
Realisation
1992 - 1993
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Architectural Guide. Basel 1980-2000, Birkhaüser, Basel 2000, n. 98
Christian Schittich, Gerald Staib, Dieter Balkow, Matthias Schuler, Werner Sobek, Atlante del Vetro, UTET, Torino 1999, pp. 210-212
Friedbert Kind-Barkauskas, Stefan Polóny, Bruno Kauhsen, Jörg Brandt, Atlante del Cemento, UTET, Torino 1998, pp. 210-213
Casabella 630-631, gennaio-febbraio/january-february 1996, p. 38
"Vitra. Ando, Gehry, Hadid, Siza", Lotus international 85, maggio/may 1995 [Dopo il Guggenheim/After the Guggenheim], "Vitra" pp. 74-99
Matthias Ackermann, "Figure di artisti alle porte della fabbrica/Figures of Artists at the Gates of the Factory", Lotus international 85, maggio/may 1995 [Dopo il Guggenheim/After the Guggenheim], "Vitra" pp. 74-99
"Padiglione conferenze/Conference pavilion", Lotus international 85, maggio/may 1995 [Dopo il Guggenheim/After the Guggenheim], "Vitra" pp. 88-89 (74-99)
"Konferenzgebäude in Weil am Rhein/Conference Pavilion in Weil am Rhein", Detail 3/1995 [Einfaches Bauen/Simple Forms of Building/Construire simplement], "Dokumentation" pp. 463-466, 477
Francesco Dal Co, Tadao Ando. Le opere, gli scritti, la critica, Electa, Milano 1994, pp. 358-361
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CLIENT
 
 
Rolf Fehlbaum, Vitra GmbH, Weil-am-Rhein
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 19.408
building sq.m. 360,9
total sq.m. 508,3
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Peter M. Bährle
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STAFF
 
Project
Tadao Ando & Associates, Osaka
Project architect
Hiromitsu Kuwata
Collaborators
Caroline Reich
Project management
GPF & Assoziierte, Lörrach (D)
Construction supervision
Günter Pfeifer, Roland Mayer, Lörrach
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