Peter Zumthor. Thinking Architecture
Birkhäuser, Basel, 2015 3rd edition
This book, whose first edition has been out of print for years, has been expanded to include three new essays: “Does Beauty Have a Form?,” “The Magic of the Real,” and “Light in the Landscape.” It has been freshly illustrated throughout with new color photographs of Zumthor’s new home and studio in Haldenstein, taken specially for this edition by Laura Padgett, and received a new typography by Hannele Grönlund.
Peter Zumthor (born 26 April 1943) is a Swiss architect, considered one of the most important in the world.
The son of a cabinet-maker, Zumthor learned carpentry at an early age. He studied at Pratt Institute in New York in the 1960s. 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.