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Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2

Vitra's Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, campus boasts not only the production facilities of the famous furniture manufacturer but also numerous iconic buildings by world-renowned architects. In Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1, we explored Jasper Morrison's bus shelters, Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum and factory building, Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus, Buckminster Fuller's dome, Jean Prouvé's petrol station, and SANAA's soon-to-be-completed factory. Here, we continue the tour with a look at Álvaro Siza's factory building and peeks inside Zaha Hadid's Fire Station (her first building in Europe) as well as Tadao Ando's Conference Pavilion.

Álvaro Siza's factory building and Zaha Hadid's Fire Station were completed within less than a year of each other (the Fire Station in 1993 and the factory building in 1994). Though Siza's brick building appears simple if not plain, it was designed to look decidedly different than the other structures on campus. Its facade of bricks is unusual as the material is not typically used in southern Germany. The bridge that Siza designed connects his building with Nicholas Grimshaw's factory to the left (completed in 1986) and acts to frame Hadid's Fire Station.

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