AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid

04:00 - 21 April, 2016
AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Although Zaha Hadid began her remarkable architectural career in the late 1970s, it would not be until the 1990s that her work would lift out her drawings and paintings  to be realized in physical form. The Vitra Fire Station, designed for the factory complex of the same name in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, was the among the first of Hadid’s design projects to be built. The building’s obliquely intersecting concrete planes, which serve to shape and define the street running through the complex, represent the earliest attempt to translate Hadid’s fantastical, powerful conceptual drawings into a functional architectural space.

© Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet © Helene Binet +24

Vitra + Camper Store at Vitra Campus / Kéré Architecture

05:00 - 29 June, 2015
Vitra + Camper Store at Vitra Campus / Kéré Architecture, Courtesy of Kéré Architecture
Courtesy of Kéré Architecture

Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Courtesy of Kéré Architecture Courtesy of Kéré Architecture +12

Vitra Campus Adds A Viewing Tower With a Slide

00:00 - 20 June, 2014
Vitra Campus Adds A Viewing Tower With a Slide, Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra
Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra

Adding to the world-famous collection of buildings and structures at its campus in Weil am Rhein, Vitra has just unveiled its latest project, a viewing tower and slide designed by Carsten Höller. Located on the Alvaro Siza-designed promenade linking Herzog & de Meuron's Vitrahaus with Zaha Hadid's Fire Station, the new tower offers two ways to see the Vitra Campus as never before: from above, looking out over the other buildings at the tower's viewing platform; and on the dizzying descent, as the transparent roof to the slide gives fleeting views of the buildings around you.

More on the Vitra Slide Tower after the break

Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra Vitra Slide Tower / Carsten Höller. Image © Vitra +8

Diogene / Renzo Piano

01:00 - 1 July, 2013
Diogene / Renzo Piano, Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra
Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra

From the architect. Over the years, furniture company Vitra has made a name for itself as one of the most architecturally-enlightened companies in the world, with their renowned campus featuring buildings by Nicholas Grimshaw, Frank Gehry, Alvaro Siza, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA.

Now, Vitra has announced a collaboration with Renzo Piano that will bridge the gap between their sought-after furniture and their bespoke campus. Diogene, a self contained minimal living space with a floor area of just 2.5 x 3.0 meters, is billed as "Vitra's smallest building - but largest product".

More about the design of Diogene after the break

© Renzo Piano Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra Photography by Julien Lanoo © Vitra +9

Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA

01:00 - 23 April, 2013
Factory Building on the Vitra Campus / SANAA, Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra
Photo by Christian Richters © Vitra
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Architectural Planning

    Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
  • Architectural Execution

    Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA, Lörrach, Germany; in partnership with nkbak, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Project Team

    SANAA team: Takayuki Hasegawa, Marieke Kums (ex-staff); nkbak team: Nicole Kerstin Berganski, Andreas Krawczyk; Mayer Bährle Freie Architekten BDA
  • Area

    20455.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Photo by Julien Lanoo © Vitra © Human Wu © Human Wu Photo by Nicole Berganski © Vitra +25

'Gerrit Rietveld – The Revolution of Space' Exhibition

11:00 - 27 May, 2012
Red-Blue Chair, Gerrit Rietveld, 1918/1923 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012, Photo: Andreas Sutterlin
Red-Blue Chair, Gerrit Rietveld, 1918/1923 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012, Photo: Andreas Sutterlin

Taking place now until September 16, 2012, the Vitra Design Museum is exhibiting “Gerrit Rietveld – The Revolution of Space”. The Dutchman Gerrit Rietveld (1888-1964) was one of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century. Today his work is primarily associated with his two most famous designs, which have become icons of modernism: the Red-Blue Chair (1918/1923) and the Rietveld-Schröder House (1924). But this exhibition shows that Rietveld’s oeuvre contains many more facets that deserve to be rediscovered. This is the first major retrospective on Gerrit Rietveld to be presented to the German-speaking public since 1996. Comprising around 320 objects – including furniture, models, paintings, photographs, films and approximately 100 original drawings and plans – it offers a comprehensive overview of the Dutch designer’s work. For more information on the exhibition, please visit here.

'Album' Exhibition / Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

04:00 - 27 February, 2012
© studio Bouroullec
© studio Bouroullec

Presented at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the ‘Album’ exhibition by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. The main focus of the exhibition is on their drawings, in addition to archive photographs of models and projects that all come together to offer a panorama of their work, extending from everyday details to a global approach. The exhibition was launched February 3rd and is up until June 3rd. More information after the break.

AD Classics: Vitra Design Museum and Factory / Frank Gehry

01:00 - 24 February, 2012
AD Classics: Vitra Design Museum and Factory / Frank Gehry, © Liao Yusheng
© Liao Yusheng
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Architect

    Frank Gehry
  • References

    Vitra Design Museum, Paul Heyer
  • Project Year

    1989
  • Photographs

© Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng © Liao Yusheng +11

VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron

01:00 - 27 July, 2011
VitraHaus / Herzog & de Meuron, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Müllheimer Straße 59, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Architect in Charge

    Herzog & de Meuron
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +13

AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 19 February, 2011
AD Classics: Vitra Fire Station / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Wojtek Gurak
© Wojtek Gurak
  • Architects

  • Location

    Weil am Rhein, Germany
  • Architect

    Zaha Hadid
  • References

    Galinsky, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project Year

    1993
  • Photographs

© Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak © Wojtek Gurak +18