Vitra Design Museum Gallery

Frank Gehry, 2003

The Vitra Design Museum Gallery was built in 2003 as an annex to the front gate, which was designed by Frank Gehry and has been in place since 1989. It served to house the Vitra Design Museum Shop until 2010, when the shop was moved into the VitraHaus. Since 2011, the Vitra Design Museum Gallery has been used for smaller exhibitions and experimental projects held parallel to the larger temporary exhibitions in the Vitra Design Museum's main building.

The gatehouse is the entrance to the area of the Vitra Campus that is not open to the public, and which can only be visited by taking a guided architectural tour. It houses the company security staff as well as a utility room. Before the VitraHaus, Vitra‘s flagship store, was built in 2010, the front gate served as the gateway to the Vitra Campus.

About the architect

Frank Gehry, born 1929 in Toronto, Canada, earned a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California before studying urban planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.

In 1962 he founded the architectural firm Frank Gehry & Associates in Los Angeles. He designed the cardboard furniture series Easy Edges between 1969-72. Over the years he has taught at several universities, including Harvard and Yale, where he served as Charlotte-Davenport-Professorship of Architecture (1982, 1985, 1987-89) and where he still teaches.

Gehry has received numerous honorary doctorates from institutions including the University of Toronto, the University of Southern California, Yale University, Harvard University and the University of Edinburgh.

Further Projects for Vitra:
1989 Vitra Design Museum
1994 Vitra Center (Vitra's Headquarters), Birsfelden near Basel
2003 Vitra Design Museum Gallery

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