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    2.22.2010

    Is this love: herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus exterior

    I think I just fell in love. I don't normally do this, but this caught me off guard. Its simple - in the basic form (2D house), its dynamic in its use of the form (stacked & cantilevered) and it is utterly inviting (large views of what's inside, benches integrated into courtyard facade). Also, detailing - i mentioned the integrated bench in the larchwood facade of the courtyard, but wait till you see the drain pipes - wait what?!? - Yes, actually, you don't see them - they are enclosed in the plaster, but drip their delivered goods into framed drainage...perhaps a detail only the odd will enjoy. In short, I am due in Weil am Rhein, and though I am dissappointed that interior images of the museum are yet available, I'd rather explore the movement through the space with my own two feet and with my sneaky camera in hidden hand. There are more images (really - even more!) on Design Boom's site (including models of the building), along with a clip of Herzog himself discussing the concept. View and drool, and share your gushings - or if possible - criticisms (i dare you!). UPDATE: There are interior images - view and wipe your face!

    herzog and de meuron: vitrahaus in Weil am Rhein

    'vitrahaus' by herzog & de meuron
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    vitrahaus
    architecture by herzog & de meuron
    photographer iwan baan
    image © vitra


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    by day
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    in some places the houses are cantilevered by up to 15 m

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    the vitra design museum shop

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    part of the design was that water pipes run out of the plaster rather than along the building
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    a worm's eye view of the stacked volumes intersecting one another
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