Daily Dose: Meet Peter Zumthor

Add to TwitterYou may not have heard of him, but he’s worth hearing about. Laureate of the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of Architecture), Peter Zumthor has contributed much to the development of architecture. One of the most interesting aspects about his work, I think, is the deliberate thought he gives to the life that is happening in and around the buildings he creates. In the manner of a poet, Zumthor describes one experience that led him to a heightened awareness of his built environment: “That door handle [on the door to my aunt’s garden] still seems to me like a special sign of entry into a world of different moods and smells. I remember the sound of gravel under my feet, the soft gleam of the waxed oak staircase. I can hear the heavy front door closing behind me as I walk along the dark corridor and enter the kitchen.”

Zumthor has a small portfolio compared to many well-recognized architects throughout the world. What has been honored, in lieu of a prolific career, is his exceptional skill and quality of work. See more at http://www.architectureweek.com/2009/1014/culture_2-1.html

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