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By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is probably the main cutting edge ecu architect operating this day. His initiatives encourage enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their noticeably self reliant aesthetics and vocabulary of form.

This e-book, exquisitely designed to the architect's exacting criteria, is the 1st entire 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 condominium 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 photos by way of British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is followed by way of plans in addition to statement written, via Zumthor himself. This name additionally incorporates a record of tasks, a biography of the architect, and an advent by way of Zumthor.

"The Swiss architect Zumthor has during the last years accomplished a sequence of outfitted works that experience captivated us with their item simplicity and their fabric sophistication. greater than somebody he has strengthened the actual strength of structure. averting rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a sequence of constructions which are pleased of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas trendy minimalism achieves its effects by means of exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is educated via advanced realizing and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has endured in preserving structure as a confident craft. via his outfitted paintings he exhibits us how structure might 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 reason with out rhetoric, objective with no dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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