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The Noble Simplicity of Peter Zumthor's Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum

09:30 - 22 January, 2017
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

After previously documenting the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, photographer Aldo Amoretti once again captures the grounded simplicity of Peter Zumthor, this time with images of his Allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum in Sauda, Norway. The three-building campus calls upon the aesthetics of the country's abandoned zinc mines from the 1800s, evoking the toilsome labor of the workers in its rough stone and exposed joint work. The museum is situated on one of Norway's National Tourist Routes and was commissioned by the state as part of an effort to increase tourism in the region. As such, the buildings are poised in and above the landscape, providing views of the natural gorge that unfold as visitors move through Zumthor's dark, shaftlike interiors.

Amoretti's photos express the modesty of the project, from the blackness of the interior galleries to the thin stilts that support the buildings within their rocky surroundings. The museum structures are suspended in balance with the harsh, gray climate—a noble representation of the working conditions of the miners the project aims to memorialize.

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +22

Peter Zumthor's Bruder Klaus Field Chapel Through the Lens of Aldo Amoretti

09:30 - 29 October, 2016
© Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner
© Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner

The Bruder Klaus Field Chapel by Peter Zumthor, completed in 2007, is known for its beautiful respect for the materials which were used to construct the sensuous space. The interior of the chapel is a black cavity left behind by 112 tree trunks burnt out of the cast concrete walls. Twenty-four layers of concrete were poured into a frame surrounding the trunks, stacked in a curved conical form, forming a stark contrast to the comparatively smooth angular façade. After removing the frame, many small holes were left behind in the walls, creating an effect reminiscent of the night sky. The chapel’s "beautiful silence" and undeniable connection to its surrounding landscape make it an evocative and popular destination for many.

In this photo series, architecture photographer Aldo Amoretti captures the dramatic relationship between the Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and its natural environment. Despite its concrete surface and straight edges, the chapel doesn’t stand out as brutal. Instead, the images depict a visual manifestation of Zumthor’s words: architecture with "composure, self-evidence, durability, presence, and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well."

© Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner © Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner © Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner © Aldo Amoretti, Courtesy of Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner +13

LILLIAD - Learning Centre 'Innovation' / Auer Weber

15:00 - 21 July, 2016
LILLIAD - Learning Centre 'Innovation'  / Auer Weber, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    2 Avenue Jean Perrin, 59650 Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France
  • Project Associate

    Prof. Stefan Niese
  • Project Manager

    Eric Frisch, Nina Schuberth
  • Team

    Markus Böhm, Carmen Duplantier, Gabriel Kiderlen; Julia Schmid, Jieqing Zhao
  • Area

    8800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Aquatic Centre "Aquamotion" Courchevel / Auer Weber

03:00 - 14 March, 2016
Aquatic Centre "Aquamotion" Courchevel / Auer Weber, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Courchevel, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Auer Weber
  • Design Team

    Moritz Auer (project partner), Prof. Stefan Niese (project associate), Eric Frisch (project manager), Till Kamp (deputy project manager), Marius Drahtler, Peter Greifenhagen, Martin Janik, Tina Kierzek, Anne Krins, Kangmin Lee, Yvonne Mesche- deru, Michael Schnaubelt, Bertram Wruck, Julian Stein
  • Area

    17000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

University Centre "des Quais" / Auer Weber

04:00 - 22 August, 2015
University Centre "des Quais" / Auer Weber, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    69007 Lyon, France
  • Project Manager

    Philipp Auer; Yvonne Meschederu and Eric Frisch
  • Project Team

    Christina Hahn, Peter Hofmann, Daniela Hohenhorst, Martin Klemp, Anne Krins, Christian Richardt, Bertram Wruck
  • Area

    23485.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Childhood House / Heams et Michel

01:00 - 8 February, 2015
Childhood House / Heams et Michel, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +20

ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte

01:00 - 6 October, 2014
ESO Headquarters Extension / Auer Weber Assoziierte, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +30

Azur Arena / Auer Weber

01:00 - 31 July, 2014
Azur Arena / Auer Weber, © Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti

© Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti © Aldo Amoretti +12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Azur Arena Antibes, 06600 Antibes, France
  • Design Architecture

    Auer+Weber+Assoziierte
  • Area

    12120.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Children’s Day Care Center In La Trintite / CAB Architects

01:00 - 5 January, 2013
© Aldo Amoretti
© Aldo Amoretti
  • Architects

  • Location

    La Trinité, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Giancarlo Ranalli
  • Design Team

    Jean-Patrice Calori, Bita Azimi, Marc Botineau
  • Architect Assistant

    Sophie Delage
  • Area

    1,287 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Serge Demailly © Aldo Amoretti +34

Santo Stefano Cemetery in Italy / Aldo Amoretti + Marco Calvi + Giancarlo Ranalli

01:00 - 25 March, 2009
Santo Stefano Cemetery in Italy / Aldo Amoretti  + Marco Calvi + Giancarlo Ranalli

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