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By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is potentially the main leading edge ecu architect operating this present day. His tasks motivate enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their substantially self sustaining aesthetics and vocabulary of form.

This ebook, exquisitely designed to the architect's exacting criteria, is the 1st whole survey of Zumthor's oeuvre. As extraordinary because the architect's paintings itself, the booklet investigates 8 discovered structures 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 initiatives is largely illustrated with duotone pictures by way of British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is observed by way of plans in addition to observation written, via Zumthor himself. This identify additionally features a record of initiatives, a biography of the architect, and an creation by means of Zumthor.

"The Swiss architect Zumthor has during the last years accomplished a chain of outfitted works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than an individual he has bolstered the actual strength of structure. averting rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a sequence of constructions which are cheerful of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas trendy minimalism achieves its effects via exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is proficient by way of complicated figuring out and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has endured in retaining structure as a optimistic craft. via his equipped paintings he indicates us how structure should be invested with concept, how ideadoes no longer need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered method structure may have motive with no rhetoric, function with out dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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