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By Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor is in all likelihood the main cutting edge ecu architect operating at the present time. His initiatives encourage enthusiasm with their exactitude, their poetry, and their greatly self sustaining 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 extraordinary because the architect's paintings itself, the e-book investigates 8 discovered structures intimately, together with the house for the aged in Chur, the Gugalun condo 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 broadly illustrated with duotone pictures by means of British architectural photographer Helene Binet and is observed via plans in addition to statement written, by way of Zumthor himself. This identify additionally contains a record of initiatives, a biography of the architect, and an advent by means 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 an individual he has bolstered the actual strength of structure. warding off rhetorical gesture he has controlled to accomplish a chain of structures which are cheerful of their manifestation of shape, fabric, and construction.... whereas stylish minimalism achieves its effects via exclusion, Zumthor's paintings is proficient via advanced figuring out and the working-through of problems.... greater than the other modern architect Peter Zumthor has persevered in preserving structure as a positive craft. via his equipped paintings he indicates us how structure should be invested with proposal, how ideadoes now not need to conspire with ideology. He demonstrates that via a a number of and layered strategy structure may have motive with no rhetoric, objective with out dogma, gravity and light". -- David Chipperfield, AA Files

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