Just as has happened at other major museums all over the world, the Vitra Design Museum, located in Weil am Rhein in Germany, is expanding its space of the building created by Frank Gehry, with the aim of exhibiting even more of its extensive catalogue and archive pieces, which until now have been stored in its warehouses.
The new Schaudepot building, designed by Swiss studio Herzog & de Meuron, which opened its doors at the beginning of June, has become a new exhibition space so that anyone visiting can view Vitra’s extensive collection. The building is also home to a new shop and cafe.
In the main structure of this building, the Swiss studio has created a space that can house over 400 pieces of furniture, dating from 1800 to modern times. Among them are iconic examples of classic modernism by Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto and Gerrit Rietveld, plastic Pop era objects and more recent designs created with 3D printers.
This is complemented by a small temporary exhibition on themes related to the collection, beginning with a look at the Radical Design movement of the 1960s.
On the lower level of the building, the Schaudepot offers insights into additional focus points of the exhibition, such as Scandinavian and Italian design, the large lighting collection, and plans and details about the estate of Charles and Ray Eames
The new monolithic structure combines the simple appearance of an industrial building or warehouse with the complex requirements of a museum which can be explored on foot. This appearance runs parallel to the collection it holds inside.
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