Photographer's Note

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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