in january 2004, vitra launched its home collection, which includes design classics as well as re-editions and products by contemporary designers. it was created in order to target individual customers with an interest in design. as there was no interior space available for the presentation of the home collection on the vitra campus in weil am rhein, between the border of switzerland and germany, the company commissioned the basel-based architects herzog & de meuron in 2006 to design the ‘vitrahaus’. it has been 16 years since the last building – the vitra design museum – by architect frank gehry was built on the vitra campus. now, on time and on budget, the ‘vitrahaus’ has opened, becoming the newest addition to the site at weil am rhein.
the concept of the ‘vitrahaus’ connects two themes which are occurring in the architectural practice of herzog & de meuron: the theme of the