Unquestionably one of the most influential and revered contemporary
architects and Pritzker laureate 2009, Peter Zumthor has approached his
work with a singular clarity of vision and a strong sense of his own
philosophy, both of which have earned him the admiration of his peers
and the world at large. Choosing to only take on a few projects at a
time and keep his studio small, Zumthor has produced a comparatively
small number of realized buildings, but they rank among the world’s most
stunning: St. Benedict’s Chapel in Sumvitg, Switzerland; Therme in
Vals, Switzerland; Kunsthaus in Bregenz, Austria; and the
Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, Germany, number among his most famous
designs. This collection, however, explores his entire body of
award-winning work from 1985 to 2013 in five volumes, including his
lesser-known but nonetheless critically acclaimed works, such as the
Field Chapel for Brother Klaus near Mechernich, Germany, and the
Steilneset Memorial to the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardø, Norway.
This new monograph presents around forty of Peter Zumthor’s projects,
both realized and unrealized, through Zumthor’s own writing, along with
photographs, sketches, drawings, and plans. A complete catalog of his
works starting in 1975 rounds out the book. Richly illustrated and
beautifully designed, this book serves as both an introduction to
Zumthor’s work and philosophy for the layperson and a required addition
to any architect’s library.
With photographs by Hélène Binet, Hans Danuser, Ralph Feiner, Thomas Flechtner, Walter Mair, Joël Tettamanti and others.