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Encyclopedia > Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect. The son of a cabinet-maker, Zumthor learned carpentry at an early age. He studied at Pratt Institute in New York in the 1960’s. During lean years, Zumthor worked on many historic restoration projects, which gave him a further understanding of construction and the qualities of different rustic building materials. As his practice developed, Zumthor was able to incorporate his knowledge of materials into Modernist construction and detailing. His buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces and materials while retaining a minimalist feel. April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... Architect at his drawing board, 1893 An architect is a person involved in the art of planning, designing and overseeing the construction of buildings, or more generally, the designer of a scheme or plan. ... The Pratt Institute is a specialized, private college in New York City with campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn. ... This article focuses on the cultural movement labeled modernism or the modern movement. See also: Modernism (Roman Catholicism) or Modernist Christianity; Modernismo for specific art movement(s) in Spain and Catalonia. ... This article is about minimalism in art and design. ...

In 1998, Zumthor received the Carlsberg Architecture Prize for his designs of the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria and the Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland (see below).

Zumthor has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Santa Monica, the Technical University of Munich, the Academy of Architecture Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana, and Harvard University. The University of Southern California (also known as USC), Southern Californias oldest private research university, is located in the urban center of Los Angeles, California. ... Munich University of Technology, or Technical University of Munich (TUM) (German: Technische Universität München, TUM), is a major German university, located in Munich (and the towns of Garching and Weihenstephan out of Munich). ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ...

Zumthor's work is largely unpublished in part becuase of his philosophical belief that architecture must be experienced first hand. His published written work is mostly narrative and phenomenological. The term philosophy derives from a combination of the Greek words philos meaning love and sophia meaning wisdom. ... Narrative is a term which has several and changing meanings. ... Phenomenology is a current in philosophy that takes intuitive experience of phenomena (what presents itself to us in conscious experience) as its starting point and tries to extract the essential features of experiences and the essence of what we experience. ...

Currently, Zumthor works out of his small studio which he founded in 1979, in the town of Haldenstein, Switzerland. He enjoys playing tennis, good cigars, margaritas and jazz. Tennis balls This article is about the sport, tennis. ... This page is about the tobacco product; for other meanings of Cigar, see Cigar (disambiguation). ... For an island in Venezuela with this name, see Isla Margarita. ... Jazz is a musical art form characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ...

Principal works

  • 1983 Elementary school Churwalden, Churwalden, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1983 House Räth, Haldenstein, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1986 Shelters for Roman archaeological site, Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1986 Atelier Zumthor, Haldenstein, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1989 Saint Benedict Chapel, Sumvitg, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1990 Art Museum Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1993 Residential home for the elderly, Masans, Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1994 Gugalun House, Versam, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1996 Spittelhof housing, Biel-Benken, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1996 Thermal Bath Vals, Vals, Graubünden, Switzerland.
  • 1997 Art Museum Bregenz, Bregenz, Vorarlberg, Austria.
  • 1997 Topography of Terror, International Exhibition and Documentation Centre, Berlin, Germany.
  • 1997-2000 Swiss Pavilion EXPO 2000, Hannover, Germany.
  • 1997 Villa in Küsnacht am Zürichsee Küsnacht, Switzerland.
  • 1997 Lichtforum Zumtobel Staff, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 1997-2000 Kolumba - Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum, Cologne (Köln), Germany.
  • 1999 Cloud Rock Wilderness Lodge Moab.



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