Collection by Aaron Britt

Touring the Vitra Campus


In addition to my tour of the Freitag factory in Zurich, a huge high point of my recent trip to Switzerland involved hopping over the border from Basel to 1 Charles-Eames-Strasse in Weil am Rhein, Germany, to see the Vitra Design Museum and Vitra campus. Since a fire did major damage to the buildings and factories on the Vitra campus in 1981, the company has taken rebuilding very seriously. Buildings by the likes of Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw and Herzog and de Meuron now dot the campus giving it the most starchitect for the buck that I've ever seen. Click on the slideshow above to get the tour.

Approaching the Design Museum one see's Frank Gehry's 1989 building in all its deconstructivist splendor.
American design don George Nelson is the subject of the current exhibition at the Design Museum.
Swiss superstars Herzog and De Meuron designed this still-being-built structure that will house showrooms when it's...
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw designed two industrial buildings for Vitra long before he got the Sir prefixed to his name.
This building by Frank Gehry houses another part of the design collection as well as the cafeteria and a charming Jean...
So as not to leave the architectural fireworks to contemporary designers, the Vitra campus boats an original Bucky dome...
We weren't allowed inside, but I snuck off to have a look at the Bucky dome when our guide was busy wrangling my...
This clever bridge is not for pedestrians to walk upon, but underneath.
Álvaro Siza's firehouse-inspired brick building is one of the humblest buildings at Vitra, though its rich color is...
We didn't get to visit this new building by the Japanese firm SANAA as it's still under construction.
Zaha Hadid's first constructed building is this one-time fire station on the Vitra campus.
One of the first buildings on the Vitra grounds, this industrial structure's architect was flippantly identified by our...
The Eames' toy elephants which live outside one of the showrooms still haven't managed to escape their pen.
My love of Jean Prouvé's chairs and tables remains unabeyed.
I loved this image of another of Gehry's buildings on campus playing backdrop to a Vitra delivery truck.
The sculpture ""Balancing Tools" by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen consists of all you need to put together an...
Tadao Ando's first building outside Japan is this conference center called the "House of Silence." It was perhaps my...
This is the Design Museum by Gehry viewed from behind. It was his first building outside the US.
Lunch was very tasty at the cafeteria.
The cafeteria staff take a late lunch under one of the most uttered phrases in the joint. A Nelson clock keeps time.
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