Vitra Design Museum
The ongoing development of the Vitra Campus The construction of the Vitra Slide Tower is yet another step in the thirty-year development of the Vitra Campus. The production premises were first opened up to the public with the 1984 sculpture Balancing Tools by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Next came the Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry (1989), the Conference Pavilion by Tadao Ando (1993) and the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron (2010). The Vitra Slide Tower and the new Alvaro-Siza-Promenade further open up the grounds to the public and offer visitors a new experience. At the same time, the tower reinforces the topographical reorientation of the Campus.
On 18 June 2014, the Vitra Slide Tower by Carsten Höller has been inaugurated, adding a new structure to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein. With its prominent clock at the top, it is not a building in the classical sense but a viewing tower with a slide – and a work of art that enables a new and unique experience of self and art. The 30.7-metre-high Vitra Slide Tower by the German artist provides a new accent on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein.
The fire Station by Zaha Hadid is to be made more accessible to the public. The path from the VitraHaus to the Fire Station was created by Álvaro Siza as a passage with architectural ‘episodes’ and new landscaped spaces. Höller’s Vitra Slide Tower underscores the routing of the new pathway while simultaneously operating as a fully independent element. Vitra’s goal was to develop a work with an artist that would fit into the overall plan for the Campus and be able to hold its own in face of the powerful architecture on the Campus without being closed off and self-contained, offering visitors an enriching and inspiring experience whether or not they have a special affinity for art. The discussions between Rolf Fehlbaum, the Chairman Emeritus of Vitra, and his advisor Theodora Vischer, a recognised expert on contemporary art, led to the selection of Carsten Holler