The Vitra Haus was commissioned in 2006, with the theme of archetypal house and stacked volume. Due to its proportions and dimensions, Herzog & de Meuron called it ‘Domestic Scale’ allowing their showrooms to be reminiscent of residential settings. The Vitra Haus has both a daytime view and nighttime view, where the perspective changes where the user views out during the day, and in at night.
Focusing mainly on furniture and interior design, the museum features work from Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alvar Aalto, Verner Panton, Dieter Rams, Richard Hutten, and Michael Thonet. The museum was the first building of Frank Gehry in Europe.
Built in 1994, the Fire Station was Zaha Hadid’s first built project, constructed as a working firehouse within the Vitra Campus intended to serve the campus. The building functioned as a firehouse until fire district lines were redrawn, rendering the building obsolete. The building is now used as a showplace for its permanent collection of chairs.