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The exhibition, Tsuyoshi Tane: The Garden House, at the Vitra Design Museum
Gallery
is dedicated to the recently constructed Tane Garden House on the Vitra
Campus. With a footprint of barely 15 square metres, the house combines a rooftop viewing platform for Campus visitors and a meeting room for the gardeners who tend the grounds. Tsuyoshi Tane understood that this project was small in scale, but large in meaning. This is reflected in the Japanese architect’s unique design approach, which is based on an intensive research process that explores the local context in order to utilize traditional handicrafts as well as regional resources.

The exhibition, which was conceived by the architect, presents study models,
architectural mock-ups and drawings of the building, along with impressions of the close collaboration with local artisans. The result is a contemporary building that strives to minimize its ecological footprint within the local conditions. The exhibition takes an analogous approach, exclusively using materials recycled from the Garden House construction.

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Tane Garden House. The book is richly illustrated with images of models, sketches and further documentation of the design process and its implementation.

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