New permanent home for Vitra design collection

New permanent home for Vitra design collection

Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has completed a new gallery to house the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.

Set to open in June, the Schaudepot (pictured) is the firm’s second building at the Vitra Campus, designed by Frank Gehry, the headquarters of the Swiss furniture brand, which also features architecture by Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano and SANAA.

It will allow the Vitra Design Museum to create a permanent exhibition showcasing its vast collection, which includes over 7,000 pieces of furniture, and the estates of designers including Verner Panton, and Charles and Ray Eames.

It also provides a cafe and shop, along with a new entrance for museum visitors.

Herzog & de Meuron’s first building at the campus was the VitraHaus – a furniture showroom comprising a vertical stack of five gabled blocks, mimicking the region’s typical gabled houses.

In the same vein, Schaudepot looks like a large house, with brick walls and a symmetrical pitched roof.

Frank Gehry completed the Vitra Design Museum in 1989. It was the first major public building on the campus, and contains exhibition space across four plain white galleries.

The original aim was to display the permanent collection in this building. But this has never been possible on a long-term basis, as the galleries have been used to host a series of large temporary exhibitions.

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