Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1


The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in Switzerland), and it's grown to include the renowned Vitra Design Museum and a handful of the world's best-known buildings by the world's the best-known architects and designers. I hopped the bus from Basel, Switzerland, to take a tour of the campus.

Before even setting foot on the Vitra Campus, guests who travel by bus (like me) are welcomed by bus shelters designed...
Inside, the modern structures are equipped with three Wire Chairs (sans legs), classics designed by Charles and Ray...
On campus, only the Vitra Design Museum and the VitraHaus are open to the public on a regular basis.
The Vitra Design Museum is housed in this iconic building by Frank Gehry.
The Vitra Design Museum originally housed a permanent chair collection.
The newest completed building on campus is the VitraHaus, designed by Basel-based firm Herzog & de Meuron in 2010.
The 43,000-square-foot building houses the entire Vitra collection, which is shown in stunning vignettes that make you...
Inside the VitraHaus is the Lounge Chair Atelier, where Eames Lounge Chairs are assembled and tested in front of...
The uppermost longhouse of the VitraHaus opens onto a balcony.
This geodesic dome was originally built in Detroit, Michigan, in 1978.
The dome covering is made up of individual pieces of vinyl that are attached together with seams that create a...
Next to Fuller's Dome is another building that is not original to the Vitra Campus.
The newest building on the campus is Sanaa's factory, listed in the campus guide with a 2010 completion date but not...

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