Architect(s) : Gehry Partners
Address : Charles-Eames-Straße 2, WEIL AM RHEIN, Germany
Latitude/Longitude : 47.6026393,7.6177835
Photographs : Wojtek Gurak
Vitra Design Museum’s inception dates back to the early 1980s. Vitra’s CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began to collect the furniture of designers who had an influence at the company’s development, aiming to document the history of the Vitra Company, including people such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. The design museum houses temporary exhibitions on themes of furniture design, while Gehry’s building makes a suitable host for them by managing to keep with the theme, but also to support, not to compete with the exhibitions once you are inside. Alvaro Siza, Nicholas Grimshaw, Tadao Ando and Zaha Hadid are all represented, along with Frank Gehry, with other buildings on the area of Vitra, creating a mix of an industrial plant and a model village.