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Britain's Built Legacy: From "Carbuncles" to the Cutting-Edge

12:53 - 6 June, 2012
Photo of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Celebrations. Photo © LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages
Photo of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee Celebrations. Photo © LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages

‘What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.”

It’s easy to see why British Architects get their hackles raised when it comes to Prince Charles. The oft-quoted gem above, said in reference to a proposed extension to the National Gallery in 1984, is one of hundreds of such Architectural criticisms Prince Charles has made over the years. Which wouldn’t matter of course, if, like any average Architectural layman’s opinions, his words didn’t have much weight.

His do. They’ve resulted in the intervention, squelching, and/or redesign of at least 5 major plans over the last twenty years. But let’s not write off Charles just yet.

With the Queen’s Jubilee ceremoniously having finished yesterday, the conversation analyzing her legacy has begun. And while London’s towering, cutting-edge high rises (a la Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, and Zaha Hadid), will be the shining examples of Elizabeth’s reign – I’d like to suggest something, and raise a few hackles, myself…

Curious for more? Keep reading about Prince Charles’ unlikely influence on Architecture, after the break…

Steilneset Memorial / Peter Zumthor and Louise Bourgeois, photographed by Andrew Meredith

19:00 - 1 March, 2012
© Andrew Meredith
© Andrew Meredith

In memory of those persecuted in the seventeenth-century Finnmark Witchcraft Trials, the Steilneset Memorial rests along the jagged coastline of the Barents Sea in Vardø, Norway. Photographer Andrew Meredith has shared with us his photo series documenting this masterpiece created by a unique collaboration between the world-famous Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (Basel, 1943) and the influential contemporary artist Louise Bourgeois (Paris, 1911-2010).

Zumthor simply describes his collaboration with Bourgeois in an interview with ArtInfo as the following, “I had my idea, I sent it to her, she liked it, and she came up with her idea, reacted to my idea, then I offered to abandon my idea and to do only hers, and she said, ‘No, please stay.’ So, the result is really about two things — there is a line, which is mine, and a dot, which is hers… Louise’s installation is more about the burning and the aggression, and my installation is more about the life and the emotions .”

Continue reading to view the photographs and learn more about the Steilneset Memorial.

© Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith © Andrew Meredith + 31

Winners of the Architect’s Eye Photography Competition

15:00 - 4 December, 2011
 © Simon Kennedy - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants
© Simon Kennedy - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants

Since 2006, the International Art Consultants (IAC) has celebrated architects’ passion for photography through the Architect’s Eye Awards. Simon Kennedy won the Architecture and Place category this year with his image of the ‘Heygate Estate’, while Revti Halai’s photo of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion received runner-up. The Architecture and People category was won by Neil Dusheiko’s photograph of ‘Unite d’Habitation’, and Chris Drummond’s ‘Ghosts of the Underground’ received runner-up.

View the four winning photographs after the break.

 © Simon Kennedy - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants © Revti Halai - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants © Neil Dusheiko - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants © Chris Drummond - Courtesy of the International Art Consultants + 8

Zumthor Photo Expose

15:00 - 13 November, 2011
© http://zumthor.tumblr.com/
© http://zumthor.tumblr.com/

We recently came across a photo expose chronicling numerous projects by Peter Zumthor. It features an extensive gallery covering models, drawings, and photos of his projects in various states from construction to completion. Be sure to check the site out here, and catch a glimpse into the inner workings of Zumthor.

Peter Zumthor lecture at the Centre Georges Pompidou

15:47 - 14 July, 2011
Peter Zumthor lecture at the Centre Georges Pompidou

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xiwj5w_peter-zumthor_creationEnjoy this lecture by Swiss architect and Pritzker laureate Peter Zumthor.The lecture took place in May 19th the Centre Georges Pompidou, where Zumthor revisited 6 recent projects: The video has also a simultaneous french translation, but it's still watchable in english. Update: You can mute the right channel to remove the french translation, as some readers pointed in the comments section below.Thanks Vicentiu for the tip! (Remember: you can always send us tips and info using our contact form)

Peter Zumthor's Design Revealed for the 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

12:11 - 4 April, 2011
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Pritzker Prize winning architect Peter Zumthor’s design for the 11th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was revealed today. A design that ‘aims to help its audience take the time to relax, to observe and then, perhaps, start to talk again – maybe not’, the materials are significant in aiding the design which emphasizes the role the senses and emotions play in our experience of architecture. The Pavilion will be Zumthor’s first completed building in the UK

Zumthor shared that ‘the concept for this year’s Pavilion is the hortus conclusus, a contemplative room, a garden within a garden. The building acts as a stage, a backdrop for the interior garden of flowers and light. Through blackness and shadow one enters the building from the lawn and begins the transition into the central garden, a place abstracted from the world of noise and traffic and the smells of London – an interior space within which to sit, to walk, to observe the flowers. This experience will be intense and memorable, as will the materials themselves – full of memory and time.’

Stay tuned to ArchDaily for more images and news on Zumthor’s design for the Pavilion. Our previous coverage of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion can be found here, including Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Gallery of 2010, and SANAA’s 2009 Serpentine Gallery.

Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
Courtesy of Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

AD Classics: AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor

00:00 - 27 January, 2011
AD Classics: AD Classics: Kunsthaus Bregenz / Peter Zumthor, "Kornmarktstraße 3 Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz" by Böhringer Friedrich licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
"Kornmarktstraße 3 Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz" by Böhringer Friedrich licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Bruder Klaus Field Chapel / Peter Zumthor

22:00 - 26 January, 2011
© Samuel Ludwig www.samueltludwig.com
© Samuel Ludwig www.samueltludwig.com

“In order to design buildings with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction.” This quote from Peter Zumthor rings true in his design of Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, where a mystical and thought-proving interior is masked by a very rigid rectangular exterior.

More on Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and Peter Zumthor after the break.

Multiplicity and Memory: Talking About Architecture with Peter Zumthor

13:00 - 2 November, 2010
Peter Zumthor - Courtesy of Marco Masetti
Peter Zumthor - Courtesy of Marco Masetti

This interview was completely conducted and translated by Marco Masetti, done as his bachelor’s degree thesis in Italy.

The idea of multiplicity is innate in Peter Zumthor’s projects since his very first works: works of art surrounding us put on various meanings, which do not always remain on parallel levels combining well with dialectical relationships. The vague is planned strictly, holding by the rules of the architectural language. Beauty is in the undetermined, the multiple, but it is obtainable only through precision. Multiplicity of objects is shown only when who is living with them can distinguish their single parts and, at the same time, can see the work in its wholeness. This throw back to the “unitary” character of architecture, in which every part is in relation with the others and together they give a sense to the project. Zumthor’s planning is pure: nothing is pointless. In this society, as the architect says, «architecture has to oppose resistance», and react to the naughtiness of shapes and meanings, and return to talk its own language. Original shape invention or particular composition doesn’t take to the truth. Between multiplicity and silence there’s a tense and vibrational relationship, and the concrete idea is in their equilibrium.

Things determine the spatial dimension of the world, and therefore its knowledge and usability to us. The project triggers a linking mechanism between things, so they can assume a meaning to the user, becoming an efficient tool to know of the world. Things, objects, the world of references, transform our sensations in remembrance. The pictures that come to mind enclose Zumthor’s research heart. Shape is the result, not the reason. Beauty doesn’t come out of the shape alone, but of the multiplicity of impressions, sensations and emotions that the shape has us to discover.

A Secular Retreat / Peter Zumthor / Living Architecture

12:00 - 15 July, 2010

Although Peter Zumthor’s success is undisputed in the architecture world, it was interesting he would tackle a residence for Living Architecture as his past works have gracefully unfolded after years of development. For Zumthor’s project, entitled A Secular Retreat, the architect employs his signature strategy of using nature as a source of relaxation. The hill-top retreat is a quiet and passive design, truly taking the backseat to the surroundings. The home is designed to exploit the beauty of its location, capitalizing on views and providing perfect places for reflection. The home, Zumthor’s first project in the UK, is the perfect residence of the Living Architecture projects to visit for some peaceful downtime.

More images after the break.

Pritzker Prize Ceremony: Peter Zumthor

20:37 - 29 May, 2009

A few minutes ago, the Pritzker Award ceremony took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year, the prize was awarded to swiss architect Peter Zumthor.

Our correspondent Martin Bravo was there and sent us this photos of the event:

Peter Zumthor Works

23:12 - 12 April, 2009
Brother Klaus Field Chapel (2007), Photo by Walter Mair
Brother Klaus Field Chapel (2007), Photo by Walter Mair

Gallery with photos and videos of 2009 Pritzker Laureate, Peter Zumthor.

All after the break:

The Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor

00:00 - 11 February, 2009
The Therme Vals / Peter Zumthor

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  • Architects

    Peter Zumthor, with Marc Loeliger, Thomas Durisch and Rainer Weitschies
  • Location

    Graubünden, Switzerland
  • Category

  • Project Year

    1996