The Vitra Campus is an architecture ensemble in Weil am Rhein. Besides the factory, logistics and administration buildings of Vitra, there are also public buildings, such as the Vitra Design Museum, a collection of the furniture of modern times and the archives, a building for workshops and publications about design as well as the 2010 opened Vitra House. More than 300.000 visitors are attracted by this complex every year.
The starting of the Vitra Campus was given by one incident, which is more negative than good: important parts of the area were destroyed by a fire in the production building in 1981. Vitra decided to escape forwards as solution – the architectural reconstruction of the company. After the reconstruction of the factory by Nicholas Grimshaw, Vitra asked him for a plan of the rest of the building. In the following years, architecture emerged, which deciding embossed the current Corporate Identity.
The whole Vitra Campus is embossed by spectacular buildings, which were created by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA and other famous architects along the years. Especially Gehry’s Vitra Design Museum and the firewatcher’s building by Zaha Hadid are considered milestones of the young architecture history.
Different styles embossed the architecture of the Vitra Campus. There are expressive and deconstructive buildings, such as Hadid’s fire station and Gehry’s Museum on one side. On the other side of the spectrum there is the clear and quite Japanese architecture of Ando’s concert pavilion and the classic, red made production workshop by Álvaro Siza. Despite of the different styles, the constructions are harmonically connected and make up the architecture park together, which attracts visitors of the whole world.
The buildings by world famous architects are presented on a guided architecture tour. In the Lounge Chair atelier it is possible to see the construction of the Lounge Chair by Charles & Ray Eames, while there is an exposition of design and architecture inside of the Vitra Design Museum. There are also gastronomic offers and shops on the Vitra terrain in Weil am Rhein, so that it won’t only be pleasure to visit for architecture and design enthusiasts.