Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron is a company founded in 1978 in Basel by the architects Jacques Herzog (*19.04.1950) and Pierre de Meuron (*08.05.1950). The two Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron went to school together and at the same time graduated in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 1975, where they already worked as assistants and are still active today as emeritus professors. Herzog & de Meuron opened their office in Basel's Rheinschanze 6 in 1978. In addition to their headquarters, they now have four other offices in Europe, including one in Hamburg and one in Hong Kong. Herzog & de Meuron love the superlatives; the Allianz Arena in Munich, the National Stadium in Beijing and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg were all built under their roof. Herzog & de Meuron were also pioneers in the use of gabions as design elements for building facades. Gabions are a wire basket filled with stones or glass, which represents a good alternative to concrete parts.
VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron
Herzog & de Meuron were also active on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. The VitraHaus was designed by Herzog & de Meuron as a place of sale, but also for viewing and testing. The VitraHaus houses the Vitra Home Collection with design classics by Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson and Verner Panton (among others) as well as numerous contemporary designers. In addition to information on production and sustainability, Herzog & de Meuron's VitraHaus also has a colour laboratory to try out and a small exhibition "Blick in die Sammlung des Vitra Design Museums" (View of the Vitra Design Museum Collection) with historical chair designs from the last two centuries.