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Vitra Unveils Its Stunning New Museum [UPDATED WITH 3-D TOUR]

The German furniture-maker maker adds another jewel to its starchitect-studded corporate campus.


The Vitra campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, is already a mecca for contemporary architecture, featuring a design museum by Frank Gehry, a conference center by Tadao Ando, and another building on the way by SANAA. And they’ve just finished what might be the greatest of them of them all: a new building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, to showcase the company’s home-furniture collection.

UPDATE: Vitra has now thrown up an amazing series of 3-D images of the museum, offering you the next-best thing to actually visiting the building. A couple screen-caps:



Herzog & de Meuron–who made a global splash in 2008 with their “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the Beijing Olympics–conceived of the building as an “ur-house.” The individual volumes take the form of generic, A-frame houses, which are then stacked on top of each–creating an architectural symbol of Vitra’s actual business, selling high-design through mass production.

There are 12 houses in all, and the stacking of them



[For more stunning images by Iwan Baan, check out Arch Daily]

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Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.