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Peter Zumthor, Swiss Architect

Posted by archigraphy on September 20, 2009

Born:

April 26, 1943 in Basel, Switzerland

Education:

  • 1958-1962: Trained as a cabinet maker
  • 1963-1967: Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland and the Pratt Institute in New York City, USA.

Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor, winner of the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize Photo © Gary Ebner courtesy of Peter Zumthor

Swiss Architect Peter Zumthor, winner of the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize Photo © Gary Ebner courtesy of Peter Zumthor

Selected Buildings:

Selected Awards:

  • 1995: International Prize for Stone Architecture, Fiera di Verona, Italy
  • 1995: Internationaler Architekturpreis für Neues Bauen in den Alpen, Graubünden, Switzerland
  • 1996: Erich-Schelling-Preis für Architektur, Erich-Schelling-Stiftung, Germany
  • 1999: Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, for the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Barcelona, Spain
  • 2006: Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award
  • 2008: Praemium Imperiale, Japan Arts Association
  • 2009: Pritzker Architecture Prize

Quotes:

  • “I believe that the language of architecture is not a question of a specific style. Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society.”
    Thinking Architecture by Peter Zumthor

About Peter Zumthor:

The son of a cabinet maker, Peter Zumthor is often praised for the detailed craftsmanship of his designs. Peter Zumthor works with a range of materials, from cedar shingles to sandblasted glass, to create inviting textures. “I work a little bit like a sculptor,” Zumthor told the New York Times. “When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material.”

Peter Zumthor lives quietly in the remote village of Haldenstein in the Swiss mountains. His buildings are found mainly in Europe.

Source: http://architecture.about.com/od/architectsaz/p/zumthor.htm

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