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Location: Switzerland

November 17, 2014 /

Vals Thermal Baths
Atelier Peter Zumthor
Vals, Switzerland

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.

Tamedia Office Building by Shigeru Ban in Zürich, Switzerland. Tamedia Office Building.  Exterior view. Photo © Didier Boy de La Tour
January 16, 2014 /

Tamedia Office Building
Shigeru Ban
Zürich, Switzerland

The use of wood in multi-storey buildings is an art form almost completely buried a hundred years ago. Reinforced concrete structures became the norm worldwide. In recent years, however, the sustainability debate has brought a renaissance to wood and an interest in large, urban, wooden structures has awakened. Shigeru Ban, well-known for his use of paper and paperboard, has built an office building in Zurich made entirely of wood, or to be more precise 2,000 m3 of Austrian spruce.

December 02, 2013 /

Shelters for Roman Archaeological Site
Atelier Peter Zumthor
Chur, Switzerland

One of the first big projects for the 2009 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor was this protective pavilion built to cover the remains of two Roman buildings. Built in 1985-86 and located in the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden, arcspace had the opportunity to revisit and photograph the site this summer. It’s astonishing to think it was designed and built almost thirty years ago. Not only does it still stand in perfect condition but it looks like it was conceived just yesterday.

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