Praised as one of the best completed works by 2009 Pritzker Laureate Peter Zumthor, the Vals Thermal Baths might be one of the most iconic buildings in Swiss contemporary architecture. Already in 1998, just two years after its opening, it became a national monument. The building definitely rewards its visitors with the rare pleasure of experiencing a genuine example of timeless architecture.
This month, we've handpicked a selection of the most exiting exhibitions for you to visit this month. See 'Women in Architecture' at the ArCH in Houston, Texas, an Alvar Aalto retrospective at Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the future of grain storage at Bauhaus Dessau. Go see them while they're hot!
In just a few years, Chinese architect Ma Yansong (MAD) has earned himself a huge amount of world-wide attention and acclaim for his radically experimental designs. In all his projects, Ma seeks to combine cutting-edge technology with ancient Eastern precepts, and in so doing he hopes to forge a balance between the cosmos, humanity and nature.
Making a succesful concert hall is a tricky business. Obviously, the main concern will first and foremost be to create the best possible acoustic conditions inside the building - but a dashing exterior is equally important, as the building in most cases must also present itself as a symbol of national pride.
As an artist, Asger Jorn's work is well known and widely celebrated, in large part due to his close affiliation with two of the most influential artist groups of the 20th century, CoBrA and the Situationist International. Lesser known, however, is Jorn's considerable production of theoretical writings. Ruth Baumeister's comprehensive, well-researched book on the subject of the latter aims to change that fact.