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By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is most likely the main cutting edge ecu architect operating at the present time. His tasks motivate enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their noticeably self sufficient aesthetics and vocabulary of form.

This booklet, exquisitely designed to the architect's exacting criteria, is the 1st whole survey of Zumthor's oeuvre. As unparalleled because the architect's paintings itself, the e-book investigates 8 learned 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 largely illustrated with duotone photos by way of British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is observed by way of plans in addition to remark written, by way of Zumthor himself. This identify additionally encompasses a checklist of tasks, a biography of the architect, and an creation through Zumthor.

"The Swiss architect Zumthor has during the last years accomplished a sequence of equipped works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than a person he has strengthened the actual energy of structure. heading off rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a sequence of structures which are cheerful of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas trendy minimalism achieves its effects by way of exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is knowledgeable by means of complicated realizing and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has continued in holding structure as a optimistic craft. via his equipped paintings he indicates us how structure will be invested with notion, how ideadoes no longer need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered approach structure could have motive with no rhetoric, function with no dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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