The Vitra campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany, is a folly lover’s dream. Over the years, the furniture company has accumulated architectural gems including a Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome, an asymmetrical stacked building from Herzog & de Meuron, a swooping curve of a building from Frank Gehry, and a fire station by Zaha Hadid.
Next to the rest of Vitra’s commissions, its newest addition is adorably modest, but perfectly kooky nonetheless. The artist Thomas Schütte designed an off-kilter cabin, called the Blockhaus, to sit at the end of a path in Vitra’s green pasture. What’s it for? No one knows. Not even the artist himself.
”Any way you want to look at it, it’s an archaic thing, completely out of context. Everybody passing by shouts out ‘what does this mean?’ which is a good question,” Schütte told Dezeen. “It [has the] quality of many artworks, in that it functions like a question mark and not like a statement. Most of the good works are questions.”
The cabin is based on one of Schütte’s small architectural models he exhibited a few years ago. The life-size version is hexagonal with an oddly-shaped pitched roof that sits atop logs of untreated Nordic pine. Inside there are two benches and a fountain.