While the stacking of boxes seems to be a rampant gesture in today’s architecture, the new Vitra Haus by architects Herzog & de Meuron proves that, if done correctly, the practice can create a thrilling, dynamic structure both inside and out. The new building (the first addition to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany since Frank Gehry’s 1989 building for the Vitra Design Museum) serves as one giant showroom for the brand’s home collection of classic and contemporary furniture. Comprised of 12 houses stacked upon one another like sticks, the five story structure begins with a base of five houses, with the remaining seven layered in intersecting paths above. While the layout seems quite random, the long volumes jockeying for position, the axes were carefully plotted to frame the most engaging views of the surrounding campus and countryside.

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