Vitra Design Museum Enlists Herzog & de Meuron

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Discover The Schaudepot, created by architects Herzog & de Meuron for the Vitra Design Museum with a venue to showcase its collection of renowned chairs to the public. Over four hundreed crucial designs dating from 1800 to the present day will be on display in an area of 1,600 square metres. These fragments of design history placed in the windowless brick structure come as no doubt modest, however the most recent addition to the Vitra Campus is not just a shed – the red building is put together out of hand-broken bricks.

The Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. 

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Hidden below a 1960s sawtooth factory building on the Vitra Campus is a 5,000 m2 large, 3.5 m high basement area, which for years has been used to store a steadily growing number of chairs, armchairs, sofas and lamps originating from many different designers and manufacturers across the globe. This collection of items, owned by the Vitra Design Museum and dating from 1800 to the present, is stacked three layers high on modular wood and metal racks. This minimally lit storeroom is not open to the public: the purely functional storage layout is entirely unsuitable for presenting the collection in a manner appropriate to its significance. It was, however, the client’s wish to provide public access to part of the collection in a new space and, at the same time, to rethink the storeroom concept.from Herzog & de Meuron

Project name: Vitra Schaudepot
Client: Vitra Verwaltungs GmbH, Weil am Rhein
Architects: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel
Façade product: GIMA clinker shaped brick (with perforation)

Format: 280/62/120 mm, hand-broken to 140/62/120 mm
Colour: Bena
Product base: GIMA paving brick
Format: 130/120/62 mm
Colour: Bena
Completion: 2016

Photo: GIMA