Vitra Design Museum, Germany by Frank Owen Gehry

The Vitra Design Museum is an independent private foundation and was designed by American Architect Frank Gehry in 1989, which is located at Charles-Eames-Straße 2, 79576 Weil am Rhein, Germany. Vitra Design Museum was Gehry’s first project in Europe and was founded by CEO Rolf Fehlbaum. This beautiful museum focuses mainly on the interior design and furniture. All the financial subsidiary, architecture, and organizational cooperation were privately provided by the Vitra Corporation.

Vitra design Museum

This modern architectural building features work from most famous architects including George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, Alvor Nelson, Verner Panton, Richard, and Michael Thonet. Gehry’s earlier buildings were totally different from this as they were associated with an image – oriented language of Postmodernism ( the late 20th-century style in architecture and criticism) Collections.

Museum Building

Vitra Design Museum is easily recognized as an architectural style where he limits material to white Plaster and titanium – zinc alloy and was released in cooperation with architect Gunter Pfeifer. The museum is constructed in an area of 8,000 square feet and is the place for world’s largest collections of furniture having styles beginning with mid nineteen Century to the modern era.

vitra Design Museum frank Gehry

Gehry for the construction and design used his trademark sculptural deconstructivist style for the building. For the first time, his designs introduced curved forms which give angular shapes to this building. Frank Gehry originally designed this sculpture to house Rolf Fehbaumm’s private collections but he also built production Hall and gatehouse for Vitra factory which is at some distance from the museum.

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These curved and sloping white forms appear to echo Notre Dame Du Haut chapel which was designed by architect Le Corbusier located at Ronchamp, France, not from the Weil. Vitra, the most famous furniture company with a variety of major architects have designed many remarkable buildings keeping manufacturing site close to German/ Swiss/ French border.

Vitra Design Museums InteriorThe geometry of the building is quite noticeable from outside as well as from the inside. The design of the building can be explained as continuous changing swirl of white forms from outside. This is the world’s largest collection of modern design and furniture which focus on particular designer collection works.

Vitra design Museum produces workshops, publications, and museum products, in spite of this, it also maintains an archive, a conservation laboratory, and research laboratory. At the rear end of the building, factory hall is situated which relates to an adjacent building by Nicholas Grimshaw. Vitra design museum is surrounded by a meadow of cherry trees and is nearby to conference pavilion by Tadao Ando.

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