Peter Zumthor Works: Buildings and Projects, 1979-1997

By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is almost certainly the main leading edge ecu architect operating at the present time. His initiatives encourage enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their considerably self sustaining aesthetics and vocabulary of form.

This ebook, exquisitely designed to the architect's exacting criteria, is the 1st entire survey of Zumthor's oeuvre. As unprecedented because the architect's paintings itself, the ebook investigates 8 discovered constructions intimately, together with the house for the aged in Chur, the Gugalun apartment in Safiental, the artwork Museum in Bregenz, Austria, and his best-known paintings, the Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland. each one of those tasks is greatly illustrated with duotone pictures via British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is followed through plans in addition to statement written, through Zumthor himself. This identify additionally features a record of initiatives, a biography of the architect, and an creation by means of Zumthor.

"The Swiss architect Zumthor has during the last years accomplished a chain of equipped works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than a person he has bolstered the actual strength of structure. heading off rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a chain of constructions which are pleased of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas stylish minimalism achieves its effects through exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is trained by way of advanced knowing and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has continued in preserving structure as a optimistic craft. via his equipped paintings he indicates us how structure should be invested with suggestion, how ideadoes now not need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered strategy structure may have rationale with out rhetoric, function with no dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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