By Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor is most likely the main cutting edge eu architect operating this present day. His tasks motivate enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their extensively self sufficient 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 publication investigates 8 discovered structures intimately, together with the house for the aged in Chur, the Gugalun residence in Safiental, the paintings Museum in Bregenz, Austria, and his best-known paintings, the Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland. each one of those initiatives is greatly illustrated with duotone pictures via British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is observed via plans in addition to remark written, by way of Zumthor himself. This identify additionally encompasses a checklist of initiatives, a biography of the architect, and an advent by way of Zumthor.
"The Swiss architect Zumthor has over the past years accomplished a chain of equipped works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than someone he has strengthened the actual strength of structure. keeping off rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a sequence of constructions which are pleased of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas trendy minimalism achieves its effects through exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is knowledgeable by way of advanced knowing and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has continued in retaining structure as a confident craft. via his equipped paintings he exhibits us how structure will be invested with notion, how ideadoes now not need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered strategy structure could have rationale with no rhetoric, goal with out dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files
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