The rooms in Peter Zumthor’s wooden holiday homes in Leis are structured as block-like units. Full-height windows offer generous views out into Alpine landscape of the sparsely populated Vals valley, photo: Ralph Feiner
The mountain chalet has always been closely linked with the dream of a simple, rustic home in pristine natural surroundings. However, a number of projects throughout the world show that a holiday home in the mountains does not necessarily need to conform to the romantic picture of ‘Gemütlichkeit’ and accordingly to an outdated stereotype of the log cabin with a projecting pitched roof. (by Sophie Loschert)
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Installation view KUB Collection Showcase Architectural Models Peter Zumthor
© Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner, 2012; Photo: Markus Tretter
In presenting Peter Zumthor’s architectural models the Kunsthaus Bregenz is opening a part of its hitherto littleknown collection to a broader public. One of the largest groups of works in the collection consists of architectural models by Peter Zumthor. Some of these exhibits have been in storage at the KUB since the architect’s solo exhibition in 2007. Further models have been or are still being added to the collection as permanent loans.
Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals in Graubunden, Switzerland, 1996; photo by Helene Binet
Earlier this week, we have come across yet another highly-interesting podcast, this time from World Radio Switzerland’s Swiss By Design series. In this 17-minutes-long episode, award-winning
broadcaster and journalist Jennifer Davies meets the celebrated architect and 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Peter Zumthor who tells her about his spa complex in Vals, how becoming an architect was a ‘big escape to get away’ from his father and why the ‘the smell of the earth of the area’ plays an important role while designing a building.
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