Address: Charles-Eames-Straße 1 | WEIL AM RHEIN | Germany
Latitude/Longitude: 47.60107, 7.62007
Vitra Conference Pavilion was the first building for Tadao Ando outside Japan. The calm and restrained structure encompasses an assortment of conference rooms. It is characterized by a highly ordered spatial articulation with a large part of its volume concealed below grade. Ando’s characteristic in his architecture is the religious element that the space create, that is why in Vitra Conference Pavilion the footpath leading to the pavilion has a significant association with meditation paths in the gardens of Japanese monasteries. Because cherry trees are of great traditional importance in Japan, Ando sought to preserve as many as possible. Only three cherry trees had to be felled in order to make room for the building.
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