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AD Classics: Vitra Design Museum and Factory / Frank Gehry

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AD Classics: Vitra Design Museum and Factory / Frank Gehry, © Liao Yusheng
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From the architect. An independent private foundation, the Vitra Museum was founded in 1989 by the CEO Rolf Fehlbaum. Focusing mainly on furniture and interior design, the museum features work from Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton, Dieter Rams, Richard Hutten and Michael Thonet. 

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© Liao Yusheng

The modern architecture which houses these collections was the first building of Frank Gehry in Europe, and included the museum for Rolf Fehlbaum's private collection, production hall, and gatehouse for the factory of Vitra.

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© Liao Yusheng

Easily recognizable as the architectural style of Frank Gehry, the deconstructive sculptural building differs only slightly than his usual designs in that he limits his materials to white plaster and a titanium-zinc alloy. As said by the architect, "I love the shaping I can do when I'm sketching. And it never occurred to me that I would do it in a building. The first thing I built of anything like that is Vitra in Germany.

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© Liao Yusheng

At only 8,000-square-feet, the two-story Vitra Museum is one of the world's largest collections of furniture, with pieces from most periods and styles beginning with the nineteenth century and continuing into the modern era. A functional mix of towers, ramps and cubes, the volumes of the building are determined by lighting and programmatic necessities.

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© newsbuilding

At the rear end of the building, the factory hall relates to the adjacent building by Nicholas Grimshaw in both size and height. A formal link between the museum is found in the towers and ramps, which bridge together the production areas, showroom, test laboratory, cafeteria, a multi-purpose room and offices.

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© Liao Yusheng

Paul Heyer, an architecture critic, described the visitor's experience as "a continuous changing swirl of white forms on the exterior, each seemingly without apparent relationship to the other, with its interiors a dynamically powerful interplay, in turn directly expressive of the exterior convolutions. As a totality it resolves itself into an entwined coherent display..." Surrounded by a meadow of cherry trees, the museum is also nearby to Claes Oldenburg's sculpture Balancing Tools, as well as a conference pavilion by Tadao Ando.

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© Liao Yusheng
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Megan Sveiven. "AD Classics: Vitra Design Museum and Factory / Frank Gehry" 24 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/211010/ad-classics-vitra-design-museum-and-factory-frank-gehry/>
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archipicture · October 12, 2016

nice building
some more images:
www.archipicture.ch

Coleman Butts · May 08, 2016

The interior shot you used is of Vitrahaus by HDnM not Gehry's project.

PAULA UNGAR · May 17, 2014

iSPEAK GERMAN AND UNDERSTAND IT WELL .HAVE PROPERTY IN A LITTLE TOWN OF ST. GOAR ON THE RHINE-AM WONDERING HOW FAR IT IS FROM THE MUSEUM.I KNOW THE MUSEUM AT RAMAGEN WHICH IS VERY INTERESTING ALSO.

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Gordon Main · February 25, 2012

I believe the image with the furniture on display is taken within the Herzog and De Meuron building.

COLD · February 25, 2012 10:33 PM

yes, you are right ... this one definetly was taken inside the new campus building by hdem ...
kind of a mixup there ... but the area is worth a visit anyhow ...

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