In June 2016, a second entrance to the Campus was inaugurated – along with the Vitra Schaudepot, a new building by Herzog & de Meuron.
The recently constructed Vitra Schaudepot represents another important milestone in the process of opening up the Campus. The Schaudepot and neighbouring Fire Station form a second public focal area, creating a counterpoint to the VitraHaus and Vitra Design Museum on the other end of the company premises.
The new city-side entrance to the Vitra Campus providing access to the Vitra Schaudepot is especially convenient for the many visitors from Switzerland who now travel to Weil am Rhein from Basel on tram line 8, an extended trans-border connection. From the final tram stop or from the main train station in Weil am Rhein, travellers walk northward, parallel to the main highway. The pedestrian path splits off underneath a pergola and leads directly towards the striking brick façade of the Vitra Schaudepot and to the neighbouring Depot Deli.
The visible storage facility designed by Herzog & de Meuron will present a cross-section of the Vitra Design Museum's extensive collection of furniture and lighting. This display of over 400 objects also provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of furniture design. Smaller temporary exhibitions on themes related to the collection will complement the presentation of the museum's holdings. The collection of the Vitra Desing Museum is one of the most important of furniture design in the world. It comprises over 7'000 pieces of furniture, 1'000 lightings, several archives and the private estates of Charles and Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard.