Vitra Fire Station
Weil am Rhein
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Building names(s): Vitra Fire Station
Architect/Designer: Zaha Hadid
architect website: www.zaha-hadid.com
Completion date: 1994
Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed: December 24 – 25, December 31, January 1, and also during preparations between its temporary exhibitions – so check first: call +49 7621 702 3200, email [email protected] or visit www.design-museum.de (select Vitra Design Museum, not the one in Berlin).
The only way to see the Fire Station and buildings other than the design museum itself is to take a 2-hour guided architectural tour (usually in German except by arrangement or if there are a sufficient number of English-speakers). Currently these take place at 12pm and 2pm, but call the number above to check first or to arrange for private tours in German, English, French or Italian.
The museum is in Germany, but the closest city is Basel in Switzerland. By car, from Frieburg (North) or Basel (South) take the autobahn A5 (exit Weil am Rhein, then signposted). From France/St Louis take the border crossing Palmrain. From Lörrach/Riehen turn west at the junction marked ‘Weil am Rhein’ just North of the Fondation Beyeler.
By public transport from Basel, take bus number 55 which stops right outside the museum at the entrance to the Vitra site. Or from the train station in Weil am Rhein it is a 15-minute walk.