Naturally, Webber + Studio loves to discuss architects. To share some of this discussion, several designers have volunteered to share their thoughts about architects who have caught their attention, whether positively or negatively.
What was your first impression of Zumthor and his work? Has your impression changed over time?
My first impression of Peter Zumthor was primarily awed confusion. He was one of the very first architects I was introduced to. As a freshman, I was confused by the simplicity of his work and awed by the power of it. My impression has changed slightly due to gaining a deeper understanding of his work and of architecture as a whole. Even after visiting his work, the feeling of awe has remained.
What are your favorite or least favorite Zumthor works? Why?
My favorite works include the Swiss Sound Box and the Therme Vals. I learned about both of these works early on in my education.
The Swiss Sound Box was an incredible demonstration of the connection between materiality, light and sound. It was one of the first projects that demonstrated to me how architecture affects all of your senses. The plan itself looks like art.
Therme Vals is one of those buildings that was deemed “iconic” when introduced in class. I always knew it was an incredible piece of work, but I didn’t really feel so until I visited it in spring of 2014. It is a spectacular space; visually, physically and spiritually. And what’s not to love about a bath amid the Swiss Alps?