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Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects 1985-2013 [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Thomas Durisch
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1 Mar 2014
Peter Zumthor 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 sensitivity 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 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 Steilneset Memorial for the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardo (Norway) have also won great acclaim from architectural critics. Zumthor is much admired by students and teachers of architecture alike for his philosophical approach to the task of building and for his writings on architectural thought. 'Peter Zumthor: Buildings and Projects 1985-2013' 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 1979-2012 rounds out the book. Photographs are contributed by Helene Binet, Hans Danuser and others.

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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: 31.5 x 25.1 x 10.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,469 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Beautiful, Though Expensive, Monograph. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a new Zumthor monograph 26 April 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ***** 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Take the plunge 12 May 2014
By Schinkel - Published on Amazon.com
240 Dollars? Ouch! Any pain will subside and be quickly forgotten, though, when you spend some time in these beautiful books.
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