Peter Zumthor: Masterful Restraint
Peter Zumthor - Kolumba Diocesan Museum, Cologne, Germany
Photograph by Hélène Binet, via e-architect
It struck me when I first read Peter Zumthor’s “Thinking Architecture”, in 2012, that here was an Architect who enjoyed the built environment with not just passion, but the intimacy of relationship. He relished in language and conversation within the forms of the built environment itself. I was instantly more fond of his work on reading the book than I had been already, which was quite a lofty feat as I was thoroughly impressed to begin with.
I was surprised by the ease and lightness with which he writes. His architecture is stripped bare of fanfare, an honest exploration of materials, form and function. It is almost spiritual in it’s purity and refined lines. He is someone whose work’s strength is it’s character and integrity. There is something monastic and wholesome about its complete disregard for the trivial. It is a blue print for restraint. And yet here was a book which had me chuckling with delight at the depictions of building discourse, and feeling connected to a quirky side of a very controlled and capable, creator.
Of course I recommend the book, but here is some video to get you in the mood for Zumthor.