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VitraHaus: Welcome Home
March 5, 2010

Herzog & de Meuron VitraHaus Weil am RheinUntil recently, the first thing visitors noticed upon arriving at the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein was the Vitra Design Museum, a building designed by Frank Gehry. Now a new building, which has been erected next to the museum, is destined to attract just as much attention: the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron. In close proximity to the Swiss border and the furniture manufacture's Basel headquarters, Vitra has created a new domicile for its Home Collection in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
In 1981, a major fire destroyed most of the production facilities on the Vitra premises in Weil am Rhein, which dated back to the 1950s. Since that event, a heterogeneous ensemble of contemporary architecture has been constructed on the site. Zaha Hadid realised her very first built structure here. The Vitra Design Museum is the first architectural work by Frank Gehry outside of North America. Tadao Ando constructed his first building outside of Japan. Nicholas Grimshaw, Alvaro Siza and SANAA have each designed a manufacturing facility, and buildings by Richard Buckminster Fuller, Jean Prouvé and Jasper Morrison are also found on the Vitra Campus.

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