Posted by Nina on December 07, 2002 at 08:13:19:
In Reply to: Re: About peter zumthor posted by Nina on December 07, 2002 at 08:12:15:
Peter Zumthor is possibly the most innovative European architect working today. His projects inspire enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their radically independent aesthetics and vocabulary of form.
This publication, exquisitely designed to the architect's exacting standards, is the first complete survey of Zumthor's oeuvre. As exceptional as the architect's work itself, the book investigates eight realized buildings in detail, including the Home for the Elderly in Chur, the Gugalun House in Safiental, the Art Museum in Bregenz, Austria, and his best-known work, the Thermal Baths in Vals, Switzerland. Each of these projects is extensively illustrated with duotone photographs by British architectural photographer Hélène Binet and is accompanied by plans as well as commentary written by Zumthor himself. This title also includes a list of projects, a biography of the architect, and an introduction by Zumthor.
Please note that we have fewer than 50 copies of this title remaining, and once these go there will be no reprint, so order now!
See also the companion volume of Zumthor's writings: Peter Zumthor and the catalog Peter Zumthor: Three Concepts. Peter Zumthor: Works is a Lars Müller title.
Some reviews of Peter Zumthor: Works:"The Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has over the last years completed a series of built works that have captivated us with their object simplicity and their material sophistication. More than anyone he has reinforced the physical power of architecture. Avoiding rhetorical gesture he has managed to complete a series of buildings that are joyful in their manifestation of form, material, and construction....While fashionable minimalism achieves its results by exclusion, Zumthor's work is informed by complex understanding and the working-through of problems....More than any other contemporary architect Peter Zumthor has persisted in maintaining architecture as a constructive craft. Through his built work he shows us how architecture can be invested with idea, how idea does not have to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that through a multiple and layered process architecture can have intent without rhetoric, purpose without dogma, gravity and light."
--David Chipperfield, AA Files
"Peter Zumthor is not yet a household name among architects, due to his minimal production and his reluctance to publish his work. With the completion of ahealth spa in Vals, Switzerland, and an art museum in Bregenz, Austria--extraordinary works that seem destined to represent the age--the Swiss architect's aloofness can no longer be maintained....Deceptively simple--cubes, oblongs, cylinders--the 54-year-old architect's buildings cannot be captured in photographs; their true essence comes from the experience of textures, the play of light, the celebration of craft, and the kinesthesia of their spaces....Each work goes to extremes to eliminate the superfluous, yielding the paradox of an architecture of pure materials and continuous space that is at once impossibly simple yet wrenchingly mysterious." --