Wildy the Journeyman (into_the_wild) wrote,
Wildy the Journeyman

:: Part 14 – 28 June – Basel and Vitra Museum ::

:: Part 14 – 28 June – Basel and Vitra Museum ::

Zurich (701)

(Scene from outside Basel Station)

I took the speed train from Zurich HB to Basel.

It was only during the train ride that I realized that

Most of the museums in Basel (and around Switzerland,

And maybe around the world as well, for that matter)

Were closed on mondays.

Zurich (705)

(The main Vitra Design Haus, seen from the Bus Stop)

And thus, upon arrival at Basel, I proceeded to the Tourism Office

And asked for directions to Vitra Design Museum.

Vitra was initially a suggestion by T the architect.

He recommended it during our previous ramen-lunch.

Vitra Design Museum is as much as a high-end furniture

Design house cum museum, as a showcase of architectural forms

And structures by the likes of architects such as Frank Gehry,

Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando and Nicholas Grimshaw,

Amongst others.

Page from my journal

(The map of the various buildings, pasted onto my Moleskin)

I had to take tram 8 to a church and then bus 55 which brought me

Across the border into German territory (without having the need to

Have my passport stamped). Upon arrival at Vitra, I decided to pay

For both the entrance as well as the walking tour for 13.50 Euros.

(I had to pay with my Visa as I did not have any Euros with me.)

Zurich (714)


The tour took quite a while, as the guide had to alternate between

English and German to address two groups of visitors.

She was obviously better in German, as she engaged the German-speaking

Tourists a lot longer than the English-speaking ones.

And so we had to loiter around, pretending to be very interested

In every aspect of the architecture of the various buildings.

Zaha Halid’s version of the fire station was intriguing to me,

And I liked her sharp edges and the play with lines and shadows.

It made me think about how I’d like to buy a piece of land

In Singapore, in the future, and then build my ‘dream home’

As an expression of my design vision.

Zurich (721)

(Level Two of the Fire Station – Very avant-garde, and minimalist)

There was some discussion about the functionality of the fire station.

The local German firefighting professionals did not find Zaha Halid’s Fire Station

Function; they felt that it was too bare, and that certain glass panels did not

Facilitate the quickest movement of the firefighters into their fire engines.

The struggle between design and function persists, till this day.

Zurich (731)

(Frank Gehry’s Design of the Museum Proper – before he got famous)

The main museum building is a familiar representation of Gehry,

But likely a smaller initial idea that has evolved over time.

The guide used a term to refer to Zaha and Frank’s design.

I cannot remember the term now. Was it non-conformist?

Zurich (737)

(Tadao Ando’s interesting play with Concrete for the Seminar Rooms)

Zurich (734)

(The interior – One of the seminar rooms)

The walking tour ended at Ando’s creation. I then walked back to the

Museum proper, and tried a few berries at the cluster of nearby

Cherry trees. This was my first time seeing berries in their

Natural state and form.

Zurich (738) 

As it was getting late, I quickly visited the Vitra Museum building.

Zurich (741)

(Vitra Museum)

Tags: travel

  • Covid B.1.617

    Singapore was making great progress with the COVID-19 pandemic, after emerging from a difficult lockdown or "circuit breaker" in the middle of 2020.…

  • Happy Hari Raya Puasa Aidilfitri

    13th May happens to be a Hari Raya Puasa, or also commonly known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri, or Eid al-Fitr, as a key holiday and celebration of the…

  • Going Plant-Based

    I never really thought I would go on a plant-based diet. I have a few friends who are vegetarian. When I met them for a meal, I was usually happy to…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.