By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is most likely the main cutting edge eu architect operating this day. His tasks encourage enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their substantially autonomous aesthetics and vocabulary of form.

This book, 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 e-book 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. every one of those tasks is widely illustrated with duotone pictures by means of British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is observed via plans in addition to remark written, by means of Zumthor himself. This identify additionally contains a record of initiatives, a biography of the architect, and an creation by way of Zumthor.

"The Swiss architect Zumthor has over the past years accomplished a sequence of equipped works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than an individual he has strengthened the actual energy of structure. warding off rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a sequence of structures which are pleased of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas trendy minimalism achieves its effects through exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is trained through complicated figuring out and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has persevered in protecting structure as a positive craft. via his outfitted paintings he exhibits us how structure should be invested with concept, how ideadoes now not need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered approach structure may have rationale with out rhetoric, objective with out dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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