The architecture park at the Campus in Weil am Rhein is as characteristic of Vitra as the home and office furniture that it produces. In 1981, after a major fire destroyed most of the factory buildings built in the 1950s, this site was developed into a heterogeneous ensemble of contemporary architecture. The legendary architect Philip Johnson once wrote: “Not since the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart in 1927 has there been a gathering in a single place of a group of buildings designed by the most distinguished architects in the Western world.” In developing the Campus, the architects involved sought to create buildings that harmonised both with the surrounding residential areas and with the natural landscape of the border triangle (Switzerland, Germany and France). And, indeed, what came about was a collection of purpose-built constructions, the incredible density and quality of which have made the Vitra Campus an attraction for fans of architecture from all over the world.
Take an architecture tour of the Vitra Design Museum to gain some background information about the buildings designed by Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Álvaro Siza and SANAA as well as about the structures by Buckminster Fuller and Jean Prouvé. An architectural tour in English will be offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as on holidays, an architectural tour in German will be offered at 1 pm. Architectural tours in French will be offered every first Saturday and Sunday each month at 2:30 pm. The tours will begin at the Vitra Schaudepot.The maximum number of participants is 19 persons. Masks are compulsory. www.design-museum.de.
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