27 Jun Germany | Vitra Campus
Vitra Campus has been on my bucket list for a while and interestingly I know about this place from my husband William. He’s passionate about contemporary architecture and he consistently feeds me with a lot of information about ultra modern design. I know one day we have to come visit this place together. That postcard shot of houses stacking on top of each other always wanders in my mind.
When I was planning the itinerary, I wasn’t sure if we should come check out this place because of its remote location along the border of France, Germany and Switzerland. We took train to Basel Switzerland from Strasbourg ( about an hour), from Basel we switched onto Tram 6 to Badischer Bahnhof, then hopped on a bus to take us to the campus. It took us 2 hours+ just to get to the entrance of Vitra Campus.
Yes it’s long commute but seeing all these Frank Gehry and Herzog & de Meuron masterpieces in my own eyes is much more fascinating than seeing the images from Archdaily. We joined the architecture tour and were brought to the buildings that aren’t open to public including the manufacturing facility and the fire station designed by Zaha Hadid.
Seeing this revolutionary architecture in person is more powerful than reading about it. The highly sculptural fire station designed by Zaha Hadid is her first design project to be brought to real life in early 90s. While it’s beautiful to look at .. the interior slanted walls do make me feel dizzy.
Schaudepot designed by Herzog & de Meuron team is a new addition to Vitra Campus and it just starts to open to public in summer last year. The vibrant orange brick building houses over 7000 pieces of designer furnitures including estates from Charles & Ray Eames. It’s heaven for all designer chair lovers and I could easily spend hours to admire every piece of furniture in the exhibition. I highly recommend this new permanent exhibition, the vast collection of rare designer pieces is truly remarkable.
For more you can also go visit the Vitra design museum and Vitra Haus. Vitra haus is admission free and more or less a Vitra showroom… but I find it interesting to check out all the products in one place anyway. Interesting fact that you may or may not be aware of…Eames Chairs are produced under Vitra brand in Europe while they are under Herman Miller in North America. They are still the same spectacular chairs nevertheless.. In Vitra Haus, there’s a special workshop to custom make your own Eames lounge chair and you can see how’s made. It’s pretty cool.
We spent a good whole day in Vitra Campus and got a lot of inspirations from the architecture, the exhibition, the history and story behind each design. I think if you love contemporary design, this place will be a perfect fit for you.
Address: Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany
Hours: 10am – 6pm