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Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2

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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...
A section of Siza's bridge lowers when it rains.
You'd never guess by looking at it but Hadid's 1993 Fire Station for Vitra was in fact designed to be a working fire...
Hadid's building was commissioned in 1991 and designed to house five trucks in the large space shown here.
Nearly all of the walls inside the Fire Station stand on an angle, creating a slighting uneasy feeling when one is...
From the rooftop deck of the Fire Station, the view looks back over the campus and toward the rolling hills across the...
In the midst of Gehry's sculptural Vitra Design Museum and Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus is Tadao Ando's demure...
The concrete was poured in forms on site, a location that originally was and still is scattered with cherry trees.
The interior of the angular building is filled with beautiful curved spaces in a simple palette of metal, concrete,...
Though the conference rooms look onto the busy road outside the building, inside it is perfectly quiet and they are...
The lower level of Ando's two-story structure is sunken below the ground.
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