The growing number of activities open to the public in the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein made it necessary to build a pedestrian promenade separate from the company's fenced-in area, linking the fire station designed by Zaha Hadid in 1993, an icon of the campus where special events are held, with Frank Gehry's Vitra Design Museum (1989) and the VitraHaus designed by Herzog & De Meuron, which houses the cafeteria/restaurant and the Vitra flagship store.
The promenade designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, a paved pathway flanked by two metre high hornbeam hedges, starts at the northern end of the Vitra Campus, location of the parking lots and the production plants Siza designed in 1994.
From the parking lots, the promenade continues along the western side of the company's premises, a brick building also designed by Siza, and ends in a little square leading to the main road in the Vitra Campus, which will in the future be connected with the new entrance facing the city. A sequence of "episodes" adds interest to the promenade, creates rest and refreshment areas and passes by the main works of architecture on the campus, such as "Diogene", a miniature house designed by Renzo Piano, or the new Vitra Slide Tower by Carsten Höller.
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