Herzog & de Meuron
Project
2006-2009
Realization
2007-2009
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Process

The VitraHaus at the entrance relates to the surroundings like a multiple vector.

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The shape of the building was developed by defining the spatial needs and experimenting with their layout.

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Early studies of stacked volumes and the emerging shape of a house.

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Systematic investigation of variations on intersecting, intercut, and pivoted forms, based on existing and abstract house-shaped buildings.

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Jacques Herzog, Rolf Fehlbaum and Pierre de Meuron study the intersecting forms.

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At three interfaces, staircases create special places and specific routes through the showrooms.

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Models and drafts of staircases as distinctive, biomorphic shapes set into the largely open interior.

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Models, sketches, and drawings of benches that could be in a living room although they are industrially integrated into the construction of the walls.

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Architects and client on-site, checking out materials, lighting, and the colors of the walls.

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Concrete construction of the labyrinthine building, poured in situ.

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Upon completion, VitraHaus presents an exciting flow of spacious and narrow interiors and becomes a luminous beacon in the landscape.

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The Vitra Campus as of 2013

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The Vitra Campus as of 2022

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Drawings

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Team

Partners
Project Team

Facts

Client
Vitra Verwaltungs GmbH, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Planning
Architect Planning: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Architect Construction: Mayer Baehrle Freie Architekten BDA, Lörrach, Germany
HVAC Engineering: Krebser und Freyler PlanungsbĂĽro GmbH, Teningen, Germany
HVAC Engineering: Stahl + Weiss, Freiburg, Germany
Construction Management: Krebser und Freyler PlanungsbĂĽro GmbH, Teningen, Germany
Electrical Engineering: Krebser und Freyler PlanungsbĂĽro GmbH, Teningen, Germany
Plumbing Engineering: Krebser und Freyler PlanungsbĂĽro GmbH, Teningen, Germany
Mechanical Engineering: Krebser und Freyler PlanungsbĂĽro GmbH, Teningen, Germany
Structural Engineering: ZPF Ingenieure AG, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design: August KĂĽnzel Landschaftsarchitekten AG, Basel, Schwitzerland
Kitchen Design: Edgar Fuchs GmbH, Kirchentellinsfurt, Germany
Specialist / Consulting
Acoustic Consulting: Horstmann und Berger, Altensteig, Germany
Building Physics Consulting: Horstmann und Berger, Altensteig, Germany
Facade Consulting: Frener & Reifer GmbH, Brixen, Italy
Fire Protection Consulting: IBB Grefrath Ing. BĂĽro, Sallneck , Germany
Lighting Consulting: Ansorg GmbH, MĂĽlheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Multimedia: Zihlmann electronics GmbH, Freiburg, Germany
Graphics: Graphic Thought Facility, London, United Kingdom
Interior Fitting: Visplay International GmbH, Weil am Rhein, Germany
Curtain Design: Création Baumann, Weberei und Färberei AG, Langenthal, Switzerland
Building Data
Site Area: 132'923 sqft, 12'349 sqm
Gross floor area (GFA): 44'411 sqft, 4'126 sqm
Footprint: 14'251 sqft, 1'324 sqm
Length: 187 ft, 57 m
Width: 177 ft, 54 m
Height: 68 ft, 21 m
Gross volume (GV): 803'585 cbft, 22'755 cbm
Facade surface: 83'958 sqft, 7'800 sqm
Links
www.vitra.com

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2007. The Complete Works. Volume 6.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel, Birkhäuser, 2018.

Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.): “Arquitectura Viva MonografĂ­as. Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2013.” Vol. No. 157/158, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva SL, 09.2012.

“Campus Vitra, Weil am Rhein, Alemania. Herzog & de Meuron. La Casa Vitrina, VitraHaus, Weil am Rhein.” In: Luis Fernández-Galiano (Ed.). “Arquitectura Viva MonografĂ­as. Laboratorio Basilea. Novartis, Roche, Actelion, Vitra: Campus de Autor.” Vol. No. 134, Madrid, Arquitectura Viva, 09.2010. pp. 64-73.

Fernando Márquez Cecilia; Richard Levene (Eds.): “El Croquis. Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2010. Programme, Monument, Landscape. Programa, Monumento, Paisaje.” Vol. No. 152/153, Madrid, El Croquis, 2010.

Nico Ros: “Spaziergang der Kräfte.” In: Verlags-AG der akademischen technischen Vereine (Ed.). “Tec 21. Alles im Beton.” Vol. No. 19, Zurich, Verlags-AG der akademischen technischen Vereine, 07.05.2010. pp. 22-28.

Frank Kaltenbach: “Spatial Sculpture or Furniture Market?. The VitraHaus plays with Simplicity and Complexity.” In: Christian Schittich (Ed.). “Detail. Review of Architecture and Construction. Small-Scale Housing.” english ed. Vol. No. 3, Munich, Institut fĂĽr internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH & Co., 05.2010. pp. 232-233.

Jonathan Bell: “Pitch Perfect. Herzog & de Meuron’s new Addition to Vitra HQ is our kind of glorious Pile.” In: Tony Chambers (Ed.). “Wallpaper. Design Interiors Fashion Art Lifestyle.” Limited Edition. Vol. No. 133, The Wallpapers Group, 04.2010. pp. 74-78.

Hubertus Adam: “Weil am Rhein. Präsentationsgebäude.” In: Katja Kohlhammer (Ed.). “Deutsche Bauzeitung. Zeitschrift fĂĽr Architekten und Bauingenieure. Nachhaltigkeit Gestalten.” Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Konradin Medien GmbH, 04.2010. p. 56.

JosĂ© MarĂ­a Faerna: “Un DĂ­a en la Casa del Diseño. VitraHaus de Herzog & de Meuron.” In: JosĂ© MarĂ­a Faerna GarcĂ­a-Bermejo (Ed.). “Diseño Interior. Interiorismo, Arquitectura y Diseño.” Vol. No. 213, Madrid, Globus ComunicaciĂłn SA, 04.2010. pp. 54-64.

Cyrille Poy: “VitraHaus. Compression Verticale d’une Forme ArchĂ©typale. Vertical Compression of an Archetypal Shape.” In: Alban Sauvanet (Ed.). “L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui.” Vol. No. 376, Paris, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, 02.2010. pp. 11-24.

Luis Fernández-Galiano: “Ernsthafte Spielerei.” In: Cornel Windlin, Rolf Fehlbaum (Eds.). “Projekt Vitra.” Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. pp. 55-62.

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