Language variant : Conference Pavilion
Architect : Ando, Tadao
Locality : Weil am Rhein
Country : Germany
Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)
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Vitra, the German furniture manufacturer, has been collecting buildings by a variety of architects on their factory site near Basel. They organize tours over the premises. The starting point for the tour is Gehry's sculptural-expressionistic museum building, completed in 1989 - the first of the California architect's buildings to be realized in Europe.
The Conference Pavilion by Japan's Tadao Ando was also a European premiere. The introverted structure is visually impressive with its formal restraint and reduction to a few materials. Most of the building is situated under ground. The austere and elegantly proportioned conference pavilion is a deliberate contrast to the flamboyance of Gehry's neighboring design museum.
Along with the museum and Conference Pavilion, the Fire Station by London-based Zaha Hadid is one of the highlights of the tour.
http://www.mimoa.eu/projects/Germany/Weil%20am%20Rhein/Conference%20Pavilion (June 20, 2011).
Ed. Heikki Nikkinen