Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is the first Gehry's work built in Europe. It opened on November 1989.
I visited it in a rainy day during my car trip, coming back from Paris.
I wished to see this work of architecture since a long time... but it was closed on Monday and I could only photograph the building. I hope to go there again.
Some info copied from the Vitra website:
The inception of the Vitra Design Museum dates back to the early 1980s. With the aim of documenting the history of the Vitra company, Vitra CEO Rolf Fehlbaum began collecting the furniture of designers who had influenced the company's development, such as Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, and Jean Prouvé. As the collection grew, so did the desire for an architectural venue in which the objects could be displayed.
Back in 1986, Fehlbaum developed the concept for a design museum and in 1987 contacted Frank O. Gehry as the architect for the planned museum building. That same year, Fehlbaum met the later director of the museum Alexander von Vegesack through Ray Eames. Together Fehlbaum and von Vegesack developed the idea of a publicly operating museum from the original idea of a closedprivate collection.
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atus (15856) 2006-08-16 7:13
Ciao e bentornata!
dalla foto piccola per un attimo ho pensato che l'hai scattata nel cortile di una scuola elementare dove i bambini l'hanno costruito per gioco con del cartone. Architettura impressionante per quanto contorta.
Com'é andata a Paris?
syd1946 (18663) 2006-08-16 14:55
This is very interesting shot for this modern building.Crystal clear quality for your image with a great approch to an architectural theme.
archimatica (20648) 2006-08-17 6:33
Riusciranno mai i nostri eroici amministratori locali ad accettare (culturalmente) la costruzione di siffatta, pregevole, architettura museale?
Ormai certe cose noi italiani le possiamo vedere solo all'estero.
plimrn (21344) 2006-08-17 10:56
You've captured amazing detail in this very unique building; it's well worth posting!! The post is well suppoeted by your note.
oochappan (16173) 2006-08-17 21:14
Really a shot for the connaiseurs of architecture, I like the organic compilation of contrasting pure geometrical volumes, well shot Livia.
tigra (2968) 2006-08-18 2:41
Perfect shot of unusual house!
I like the composition and bright colors.
One more place to go in my collection.
Thanks for sharing,
saamb (1008) 2006-08-19 5:12
Thanks for useful note. i like this same different Architecture. very nice shot.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-08-20 6:32
Hey hey hey what do I see, you've been shooting 10 kms away from my home !!!
Guess what, this museum has been standing here for years, and we never ever visited it, I have seen it many times from outside passing by and I can find again this assosiaction of curvy and straight shapes on your photo, despite the dull weather the black outlines make a clear division between building and sky.
Have a nice week end,
Jacobp (798) 2006-08-22 5:12
SALAM livia (=hello)
The composition and colors of very nice. Thank"s for yor concessions for my photos.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-08-31 3:48
An excellent view this. I like this kind of strange buildings!
- Copyright: Livia Comandini (lestans) (17168)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8800
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Architecture of Frank Gehry, Places to go, Gehry and others [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 4:12