Vitra, the German furniture manufacturer, has been collecting buildings by a variety of architects on their factory site near Basel. They organize tours over the premises. The starting point for the tour is Gehry's sculptural-expressionistic museum building, completed in 1989 - the first of the California architect's buildings to be realised in Europe. The Conference Pavilion by Japan's Tadao Ando was also a European premiere. The introverted structure is visually impressive with its formal restraint and reduction to a few materials. Most of the building is situated under ground. The austere and elegantly proportioned conference pavilion is a deliberate contrast to the flamboyance of Gehry's neighboring design museum. Along with the museum and Conference Pavilion, the Fire Station by London-based Zaha Hadid is one of the highlights of the tour.
Monday through Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed: December 24 - 25, December 31, January 1. The museum shop and the cafè have the same opening hours as the museum. Guided tours are daily, at 12 pm and 2 pm, lasting two hours.
From February 23, 2008 daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The number of participants is limited. There is no advance registration for public tours. Contact: A. Gastel, email@example.com, or call 0049 (0)7621 702 3200
How to get there?
Public transportation (ÖPNV): From Basel (Badischer Bahnhof) take bus number 55, from the train station in Weil am Rhein it is about a 15-minute walk to the museum.
By car: The Vitra Design Museum can be reached from Freiburg (north) or Basel (south) via the Autobahn A5 (exit Weil am Rhein), from France/St. Louis take the boarder crossing Palmrain. From Lörrach/Riehen turn west at the marked junction "Weil am Rhein" just north of the Fondation Beyeler. A big car park free of charge exists.