Herzog & De Meuron Build Jaw Dropping VitraHaus
By William Stolerman
Herzog and de Meuron have created a stunning piece of architecture. In Weil am Rhein, planted between the Vitra Design museum by Gehry and the conference pavilion by Tadao Ando, you’ll find the spectacular VitraHaus.
The inspiration for the design came from stacks and the type of houses that children draw.
The primary purpose of the building is to display Vitra’s furniture collection. As a result the architects have used what they describe as a “domestic scale” because this takes the furniture out of a display area and before your eyes puts them into a home environment.
The building itself is five-floors high and composed of 12 conjoined houses which intersect like basic building blocks. Exceptional views can be seen throughout.
Despite the angular exterior, the interior has a soft, organic feel, perfectly illustrated by the spiraling staircase. It’s a truly remarkable piece of architecture.
If you’re planning on building or redecorating your home, it’s the perfect place to get inspired.