Devoted architecture fans can find the Vitra campus situated in Weil am Rhein, the most southwesterly town of Germany that is close to the point where the French, German and Swiss borders meet. Composed of architectural marvels by some of the most renowned architects, the Vitra campus is an architectural playground. It was here that American architect Frank Gehry constructed his first European building and Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid produced her first structure.
After a destructive fire destroyed most of the factory buildings that were built in the 1950s, the campus was redeveloped to be an attraction in 1981. What exists there now is a collection of purposeful structures that harmonizes with its surroundings. As architecture critic Philip Johnson once wrote, “Not since the Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart in 1927 has there been a gathering in a single place of a group of buildings designed by the most distinguished architects in the Western world.”
Attracting more than 330,000 visitors annually, the Vitra Campus is for true design and architecture fans. A day at the campus can be spent touring the grounds and marveling at the aforementioned buildings as well as several others. There’s also an on-site museum and gallery with rotating exhibitions, workshops and events.You will also find Vitra’s flagship store VitraHaus, which houses design objects, inspiration and a cafe.
To get another perspective of the Vitra campus, see Cereal Magazine’s stunning article here. For those of you who won’t be able to make it to Weil Am Rhein any time soon, you can always shop for Vitra and Artek (which was acquired by Vitra in 2013) at AlwaysMod. And there happens to be a sale happening right now. View the slideshow above. Hover over the image for the arrow to appear.