Item description for Peter Zumthor Therme Vals by Sigrid Hauser, Peter Zumthor & Helene Binet...
Therme Vals, the spa complex built in the Swiss Alps by celebrated architect Peter Zumthor, became an icon of contemporary architecture soon after its opening in 1996. Inspired by the spa's majestic surroundings, Zumthor built the structure on the sharp grade of an Alpine mountain slope with grass-topped roofs to mimic Swiss meadows, captured here in a series of sumptuous images. Peter Zumthor Therme Vals, the only book-length study of this singular building, features the architect's own original sketches and plans for its design as well as Hélène Binet's striking photographs of the structure. Architectural scholar Sigrid Hauser contributes an essay on such topics as “Artemis/Diana,” “Baptism,” “Mikvah,” and “Spring”—drawing out the connections between the elemental nature of the spa and mythology, bathing, and purity.
Annotations by Peter Zumthor on his design concept and the building process elucidate the structure's symbiotic relationship to its natural surroundings, revealing, for example, why he insisted on using locally quarried stone. Therme Vals's scenic design elements, and Zumthor's contributions to this book, reflect the architect's commitment to the essential and his disdain for needless architectural flourishes. This lavishly illustrated volume about the spa that catapulted a remote Swiss village onto the international architecture scene will entrance all enthusiasts of contemporary design.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 9.75" Height: 12" Weight: 3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2007
Publisher Verlag Scheidegger and Spiess
ISBN 385881704X ISBN13 9783858817044
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Interesting, detailed look at an amazing project Oct 30, 2007
This is an amazing book with lots of Zumthor's sketches and commentary. The photographs are beautifully shot and printed, however there tend to focus on interesting details rather than capture the overall structure. The text, photographs and sketches are excellently integrated and the book really capture the unique experience of this building.
THERME VALS May 9, 2007
This is a beautiful book which deftly combines four threads; the images of Helene Binet, the thoughts of Peter Zumthor, drawings and sketches of the baths and a dictionary of terms and themes by Sigrid Hauser. Few contemporary works deserve to be as completely documented. Unlike most contemporary projects there was no rush to make a publication, the building has aged gracefully and become embedded in architectural culture, this book documents the making of a place for human experience embedded in the history and tradition of bathing. Vals has become a place of pilgrimage to the senses.
This book will make room for itself on even the fullest bookshelf.
Therme Vals Apr 13, 2007
Another great book from a great architect. Therme Vals are a masterpiece of architecture. Anything related must be good.
architectural poetry of ,stone, water, and nature... Apr 5, 2007
this book covers in depth of his famous Therme Vals bath house. beautifully photographed, detail drawings, and insightful text of Zumthor's thinking. this is the kind of architecture you will never learn through CAD, but only through life experience of visitng numerous architectural spaces. I highly recommend to anyone who still cherish the poetics of physical space.
will be a classic. Mar 3, 2007
this book is great, it has everything i need: explanations by PETER ZUMTHOR about his choice of materials,scketches,blue prints and lots of details that you rarely find this days in architecture books.this book is TRULY focus on architecture.i belive this is a future classic,buy it now before you regret when it goes out of print.