ZUMTHOR, PETER. ATMOSPHERES

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This book is a window onto Peter Zumthor’s personal sources of inspiration -- every double page contains an illustration that brings the thoughts of the architect to life

What "really constitutes an architectural atmosphere,” Peter Zumthor says, is "this singular density and mood, this feeling of presence, well-being, harmony, beauty ... under whose spell I experience what I otherwise would not experience in precisely this way.” Zumthor’s passion is the creation of buildings that produce this kind of effect, but how can one actually set out to achieve it?

In nine short, illustrated chapters framed as a process of self-observation, Zumthor describes what he has on his mind as he sets about creating the atmosphere of his houses. 

*Peter Zumthor was commissioned to rethink LACMA's campus. The preliminary plans are not included in this book but may be seen in the exhibition The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA.


- Hardbound
- 75 pages, 9-1/3 x 6-1/2 x 1/2 inches
- 14 illustrations
- 2006, 5th printing

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