Transform! Designing the Future of Energy
OPENING (EN) | 22 March 2024
6 pm, Fire Station
7 pm, Vitra Design Museum

The exhibition »Transform! Designing the Future of Energy« explores the ongoing energy transition from a design perspective: from devices for harvesting renewable energy to solar buildings and wind turbines, from smart mobility to self-sufficient cities. On the occasion of the opening, we are delighted to welcome Marjan van Aubel, James Auger and Arno Schlüter to the Opening Talk. Solar designer Marjan van Aubel develops groundbreaking products to make solar technology suitable for everyday use. James Auger, co-founder of Reconstrained Design, experiments with low-tech energy. Arno Schlueter researches on systemic approaches for integrating questions of energy, emissions and human comfort for the design, production and operation of buildings. In conversation with Jochen Eisenbrand, curator of the exhibition, the guests talk about their vision of a world that can manage without fossil fuels.

The talk will be held in English.

Free admission, RSVP until 15 March 2024: events@design-museum.de

Open House Basel: Minimal Spaces in Architecture 
SPECIAL TOURS (DE/EN) | 28 April 2024 
11 am - 6 pm, Vitra Campus (meeting point: VitraHaus) 

As part of the Open House Basel, we will be showing two highlights of Japanese architecture on the Vitra Campus: the Umbrella House by Kazuo Shinohara and the Tane Garden House by Tsuyoshi Tane. During the tour, you will first visit the Tane Garden House and then the Umbrella House - two buildings that embody various ideas in a small space. Find out what connects the designs, which are six decades apart, and what we can learn from them today. 

The guided tours are available in German and English. Detailed information on times and registration can be found at: www.openhouse-basel.org 

On the occasion of the recent renovation of Álvaro Siza's production hall on the Vitra Campus, the DHBW (Architecture course) is opening its new premises to interested visitors. 

Science Fiction Design: From the Space Age to the Metaverse
OPENING (EN) | 17 May 2024
6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Join us in celebrating the new themed presentation in the Vitra Schaudepot! »Science Fiction Design« spotlights ideas of a future world manifested in design creations ranging from early science fiction film sets to the design of virtual spaces. Pioneering objects from the Vitra Design Museum collection show how technological innovation and utopian concepts find their way into our everyday environment. Our special guest this evening will be digital artist and NFT pioneer Andrés Reisinger, who developed the idea behind the exhibition design.

Free admission; please register at events@design-museum.de

The Heliotrope House: Home and Power Plant
EXCURSION (DE)| 1 June 2024
2 pm, Heliotrop, Freiburg (DE)

Designed by Freiburg-based architect Rolf Disch, the Heliotrope House rotates with the sun and its solar panels produce five times as much energy as its inhabitants need. In winter, it turns towards the sun to let in light and warmth, while in summer, it rotates to provide shade and coolness. Join Büro Disch’s Tobias Bube on a tour of the building and discover an architecture based on innovative and sustainable principles!

Free admission, limited numbers; please register at events@design-museum.de

Sustainable Building in Basel: Office for Environment and Energy
EXCURSION (DE) | 22 June 2024
2 pm, Basel

The new building for the Office for Environment and Energy (AUE) in Canton Basel-Stadt is a milestone of sustainable architecture and engineering. Developed for a densely urban inner city location, the design by jessenvollenweider architects has a fully solar façade to cover the building’s electric energy needs, which an intelligent interior design reduces to a minimum. Heating energy is drawn from Basel’s district heating system. Join studio architect Sven Kowalewsky on a guided tour and discover the building’s unique architectural features!

Free admission, limited numbers; please register at events@design-museum.de 

New Food Futures: Mayar El Bakry
TOUR & DINNER (DE) | 31 August 2024
6 pm, Vitra Schaudepot

Inspired by the exhibition »Transform! Designing the Future of Energy«, chef and research designer Mayar El Bakry creates a culinary masterpiece based on a sustainable approach to preparing and producing food. El Bakry introduces recipes and methods that focus on seasonal and regional supplies and follow the zero-waste principle. The evening begins with a guided tour of the exhibition, followed by dinner in the Depot Deli.

If you would like to learn more about Mayar El Bakry’s sustainable cuisine, join the »New Food Futures« workshop, also on 31 August, for an hands-on experience and food for thought!

€ 75 per person

Please register at www.design-museum.de/dinner