Peter Zumthor Therme Vals

Peter Zumthor Therme Vals, the only book-length study of the mountain spa, features the architect’s own original sketches and plans for its design as well as Hélène Binet’s striking photographs.

 

 

Title Information

Edited by Peter Zumthor. Essays by Sigrid Hauser and Peter Zumthor. Photographs by Hélène Binet

3rd printing

, 2011

Hardback

192 pages, 93 color illustrations, sketches and plans, 30 photographs

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-704-4

Content

“The beginning was easy. Going back in time, bathing as one might have a thousand years ago, creating a building, a structure set into the slope with an architectural attitude and aura older than anything already built around it, inventing a building that could somehow always have been there, a building that relates to the topography and geology of the location, that responds to the stone masses of Vals Valley, pressed, faulted, folded and sometimes broken into thousands of plates—these were the objectives of our design.” Peter Zumthor


Born in 1943, famed architect Peter Zumthor studied at the College of Applied Arts in Basel and the Pratt Institute in New York. In 2009, he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his life’s work, which includes the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, and Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne, Germany. His Therme Vals, the spa complex built into a Swiss Alp mountainside, became an icon of contemporary architecture soon after its opening in 1996.
Peter Zumthor Therme Vals, the only book-length study of the mountain spa, features the architect’s own original sketches and plans for its design, as well as Hélène Binet’s striking photographs of the structure. Annotations by Zumthor elucidate Therme Vals’s symbiotic relationship to its natural surroundings, and an essay on such topics as Artemis/Diana, Baptism, and Spring by architectural scholar Sigrid Hauser draw out the connections between the elemental nature of the spa and mythology, bathing, and purity. This lavishly illustrated volume about the spa that catapulted a remote Swiss village onto the international architecture scene will entrance all enthusiasts of contemporary design.

 

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Authors & Editors

Hélène Binet

Sigrid Hauser

Peter Zumthor

, born 1943, grew up in Oberwil near Basel. Following an apprenticeship as cabinetmaker he studied interior design, design and architecture at the School of Applied Arts in Basel and the Pratt Institute in New York. He worked at the office for the preservation of of historical sites and buildings of the Swiss Canton of Grisons in Chur for ten years before establishing his own architectural office in Haldenstein, Switzerland, in 1978. He has been a professor at the Università della Svizzera italiana's Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio 1996–2008 and also held visiting professorships at several international universities, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Peter Zumthor has received numerous prizes, including the world’s most prestigious architectural awards: Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (1998), Japan's Praemium Imperiale (2008), Pritzker Architecture Prize (2009), and the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal (2012). In 2009 he was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.