Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects 1985-2013

Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects 1985-2013
Author: Peter Zumthor Thomas Durisch
Rating: 4.71
Bestsellers Rate: 15197
Publisher: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 800
Hours of reading: 13.3 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 248,01 €

About the book

Peter Zumthor, Pritzker laureate 2009, 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 sensitiveness 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 Kunsthaus Bregenz (Bregenz, Austria), 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 Field Chapel for Brother Klaus (near Mechernich, Germany) have also won great acclaim from architectural critics. Zumthor is much admired by students and teachers of architecture alike also for his philosophical approach to the task of building and for his writings on architectural thought. The new five-volume set 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 1975-2013 rounds out the book. Photographs are contributed by Helene Binet, Hans Danuser and others.




"Peter Zumthor is one of the most philosophic architects working today. . . . [In] the captivatingly beautiful pages of this publication, . . . Thomas Durisch and the bibliophilic publisher Scheidegger and Spiess. . . . have taken pains to render palpable the multiple ways in which Zumthor's art moves beyond the visual. Rather than simply juxtaposing sketches, maps, and design plans with photographs of realized buildings, as is often the case with the architecture coffee-table book, these visual materials are deployed in a manner that reveals the working of the architect's imagination. . . . Each section is accompanied by well-written, translucent, somewhat rhapsodic reflections by Zumthor." -- "Times Literary Supplement" (5/4/2016 12:00:00 AM)

Peter Zumthor Biography

Peter Zumthor (German pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɐ ˈtsuːmtoːɐ̯]; born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect whose work is frequently described as uncompromising and minimalist. Though managing a relatively small firm, he is the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal.

Early life

Zumthor was born in Basel, Switzerland. His father was a cabinet-maker, which exposed him to design from an early age and led him to become an apprentice for a carpenter later in 1958. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (arts and crafts school) in his native city starting in 1963. In 1966, Zumthor studied industrial design and architecture as an exchange student at Pratt Institute in New York. In 1968, he became conservationist architect for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubünden. This work on historic restoration projects gave him a further understanding of construction and the qualities of different rustic building materials. As his practice developed, Zumthor was able to incorporate his knowledge of materials into Modernist construction and detailing. His buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces and materials while retaining a minimalist feel.


Zumthor founded his own firm in 1979. His practice grew quickly and he accepted more international projects. Zumthor has taught at University of Southern California Institute of Architecture and SCI-ARC in Los Angeles (1988), the Technical University of Munich (1989), Tulane University (1992), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1999). Since 1996, he has been a professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio.His best known projects are the Kunsthaus Bregenz (1997), a shimmering glass and concrete cube that overlooks Lake Constance (Bodensee) in Austria; the cave-like thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland (1999); the Swiss Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hannover, an all-timber structure intended to be recycled after the event; the Kolumba Diocesan Museum (2007), in Cologne; and the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, on a farm near Wachendorf. In 1993, Zumthor won the competition for a museum and documentation center on the horrors of Nazism to be built on the site of Gestapo headquarters in Berlin. Zumthor's submission called for an extended three-story building with a framework consisting of concrete rods. The project, called the Topography of Terror, was partly built and then abandoned when the government decided not to go ahead for financial reasons. The unfinished building was demolished in 2004.In 1999, Zumthor was selected as the only foreign architect to participate in Norway's National Tourist Routes Project, with two projects, the Memorial in Memory of the Victims of the Witch Trials in Varanger, a collaboration with Louise Bourgeois (completed in 2010), and a rest area/museum on the site of an abandoned zinc mine.For the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, New York, Zumthor designed a gallery that was to house the 360° I ... Read full biography

Authors: Peter Zumthor Thomas Durisch
Publisher: Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9783858817235
ISBN10: 3858817236
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Edition Statement: 1st ed.
Illustrations: 350 farbige und 150 Schwarz-Weiß- Abbildungen, 200 Pläne und Zeichnungen
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 800
Book Weight: 6372.97
Book Dimensions: 240x300x104.14
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Publication date: Sept. 2, 2014
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Publication City/Country: Zurich, Switzerland

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