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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Verlag Scheidegger and Spiess; 5 Volumes edition (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3858817236
  • ISBN-13: 978-3858817235
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 10.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Durisch, born 1963 in Minneapolis, graduated as an architect from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) in 1990. He has been working at Peter Zumthor's studio from 1990-94 and runs his own practice in Zurich since 1995. He was curator of the exhibition 'Peter Zumthor: Bauten und Projekte 1986-2007' at Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2007. Peter Zumthor, born 1943 in Basel (Switzerland), trained as a cabinet maker and was educated as designer and architect at the College of Applied Arts in Basel and the Pratt Institute in New York. He runs his own architectural studio in Haldenstein (Switzerland) since 1979. He is also been lecturing at the Academy of Architecture of the Universita della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio (Switzerland) and various universities and colleges in Europe and the US. Zumthor has also been awarded many prizes for his work, including the highest honours in international architecture: the Praemium Imperiale (Japan, 2008), the Pritzker Prize (USA, 2009), and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal (UK, 2012).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Williams on 2 April 2014
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I pre-ordered this book months ago, and it arrived this week, having just been released. My first impression was surprise, as it's in 5 volumes, at the time i ordered amazon were only showing 1 book!
Unfortunately my second impression was disappointment, as the cardboard sleeve that holds the 5 volumes was in very bad condition, crumpled at the edges and ripped open in two places at the back. 5 People I know have since received their copies, and all have unfortunately been torn - and honestly this is a disappointment.

However, if you accept that the cardboard sleeve isn't going to last, then the books themselves are beautifully covered in linen and feel sturdy.

As for the content, the books are chronological, each dealing with a different part of Peter Zumthor's career, in total covering all of his projects - both built and unbuilt - since 1985. Each project has a short piece written by Zumthor, reflecting on how the project came about, his memories of it, and the key architectural ideas they represent. It's quite candid and really very nicely written.

Architecturally, the drawings and photographs are all exactly as stunning as you would expect. The early projects include many beautiful hand-drafted drawings, there are many sketches, models, and very nice computer drawings. Some projects aren't fully explained but you do get a great sense of each and every one.

I pre-ordered it for a much lower price than the £175 it's currently selling at, and I'm not sure I could recommend it for such a high price, but if money is no object then go for it, I'm thrilled to have it in my collection.
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Better than I expected after reading some reviews!! It has all the details that let you know Zumthor approved and followed the making of this collection! From photos to drawings and texts.. just perfect! I have to a huge Library with tons of architecture books, and I have to say that this collection jumped right to the top of my favorite ones! I always try to buy second hand books but in this case the new ones are cheaper and I found the price a honest one.
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By Jan Cernohorsky on 10 Oct. 2014
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Just a fantastic collection of his work! Definitely worth having.
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By Milan Babic on 6 Mar. 2015
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The very best collection of books on PZ.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a new Zumthor monograph 26 April 2014
By jw468 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Obviously anyone who appreciates Zumthor's work will want to obtain these books. In spirit, this collection is similar to WORKS; however, there are some significant differences, including more color printing and the inclusion of more drawings of all types. Overall, there are fewer photographs of each project when compared to the original book. Like WORKS, the layout is minimal with an abundance of white space. There is a heavy focus on unbuilt work; because of this, OASE 91 is also worth obtaining because it has a lengthy article in which Zumthor explains the use of models in his practice and also what guides his work.

While this is currently the definitive reference regarding Zumthor's body of work, it is not the definitive reference for several of the projects. If you are researching a specific Zumthor project that has been published elsewhere, don't expect this collection to be your only source of information. For example, say you're researching the Swiss Sound Box. The best sources of information for that project are SWISS SOUND BOX, STRUCTURE AS SPACE, and A+U no.360. WORKS contains drawings that were composed before building commenced. This set has some of the drawings and some color photographs. Even researching buildings like Steilneset, which have several pages devoted to them here, will require obtaining a copy of A+U no.495 and STEILNESET MINNESTED : TIL MINNE OM DE TROLLDOMSDØMTE I FINNMARK. The 1998 A+U EXTRA EDITION still contains the most comprehensive coverage of many of the older buildings. It's also worth noting that WORKS has a fair amount of content that was not included in this set, such as photographs and coverage of certain projects.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic 1 May 2014
By Chad Scott Bunnell - Published on Amazon.com
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Absolutely spectacular. A good balance of photographs, sketches, and drawings. Minimal in design, but exploding in content. Highly recommended for all purposes; drawing, design, models, details, photography, materials, graphic presentation.
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***** 2 May 2014
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A beautiful composition with the appropriate amount of information; a good balance of elegant writing, evocative photos and articulate drawings.
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Wheres the NEW content? 26 Jun. 2014
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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After spending almost a full year waiting for the release of this Set, I have to comment that I've come away slightly disappointed. Do not misunderstand me, the books are beautifully composed, with some great writing by Zumthor, and some beautiful photographs. The issue arises with the originality of the content. Back when this book was announced, years ago, there was discussion that Zumthor had hired his own photographer (or team) to catalog pictures of his work, how he thought it should be portrayed. This was extremelly exciting, as anyone who knows Zumthor or tried to research him, knows he does not publish information about his work very often.

When I started reading through the set, I was highly disappointed with the content, as a large portion of the photos are actually the exact same ones you can find on the internet. The essays by Zumthor are fantastic as usual, and there are some new pictures of his sketches and some models, but overall, I was hoping to see a lot more. I wasn't looking for a coffee table style book with lots of pretty pictures, but was just hoping that with the guidance of Zumthor, I would see some new imagery that would help engage the reader into how this amazing Architect designs.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
SUBLIME 5 May 2014
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This compendium of the work of Peter Zumthor is everything I had hoped when I ordered it a year ago.
it illustrates in the most beautiful way the projects of his career and his unbelievable attention to detail and the joining of materials. The models, watercolors and photographs artistically complement the architectural darwings . I would buy this again and gladly. I will spend many hours going over these buildings with great pleasure.
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