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Peter Zumthor 1986-2013: Buildings and Projects

Peter Zumthor and Thomas Durisch

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 600 - 5 volumes, slipcase

  • Publisher: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag

  • Date Published: Mar 2014

  • Stock Code: 80936

  • ISBN: 9783858817235

  • Binding: Hardback

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Peter Zumthor unarguably ranks among the most important contemporary architects. He is revered worldwide for the stringency of his architectural concepts, the clarity of his designs, his sensitivity for location and context, and for his conscious and careful use of materials. He is celebrated for the pure and atmospheric spaces he has created, such as Therme Vals (Vals, Switzerland), Kolumba Art Museum (Cologne, Germany), or in 2011 the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, Hortus Conclusus. Yet his lesser known residential buildings in Switzerland or the Steilneset Memorial for the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardø (Norway) have also won great acclaim from architectural critics.

Zumthor is much admired by students and teachers of architecture alike for his philosophical approach to the task of building and for his writings on architectural thought. Peter Zumthor 1986-2012 is the first comprehensive monograph on Zumthor's work in more than fifteen years. Around 40 of his buildings and unrealised projects are presented in detail with brief descriptive texts by Zumthor himself, with photographs, sketches, drawings and plans. A complete list of works 1979-2012 rounds out the book. Photographs are contributed by Hélène Binet, Hans Danuser and others.

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About the Author

Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor, born 1943 in Basel (Switzerland), trained as a cabinet maker and was educated as designer and architect at the College of Applied Arts in Basel and the Pratt Institute in New York. He runs his own architectural studio in Haldenstein (Switzerland) since 1979. He is also been lecturing at the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio (Switzerland) and various universities and colleges in Europe and the US. Zumthor has also been awarded many prizes for his work, including the highest honours in international architecture: the Praemium Imperiale (Japan, 2008), the Pritzker Prize (USA, 2009), and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal (UK, 2012).

Thomas Durisch

Thomas Durisch, born 1963 in Minneapolis, graduated as an architect from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 1990. He has been working at Peter Zumthor's studio from 1990-94 and runs his own practice in Zürich since 1995. He was curator of the exhibition Peter Zumthor: Bauten und Projekte 1986 2007 at Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2007.

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