It would be better to reconsider this wholesale demolition. Especially as the proposed replacement, designed by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, leaves much to be desired. [...] Or maybe it’s the quintessential Angeleno building? After all, replacing an aging faithful spouse with a younger, more stylish trophy wife is an established Hollywood custom. — Zócalo Public Square
Architect Peter Zumthor has dramatically revised his design for a new Los Angeles County Museum of Art, creating a new bridge-like section of the building that would span Wilshire Boulevard.
The new design is meant to address concerns that the original plan would encroach on, and potentially damage, the La Brea Tar Pits at the neighboring Page Museum, casting a shadow over the largest pit. — latimes.com
Peter Zumthor has chosen Paraguayan architect Gloria Cabral as Architecture protégée for the 2014-2015 Rolex Arts Initiative. In each of the program's seven artistic fields, mentors selected three to four finalists, who were originally chosen from a total of 154 nominated applicants. Each mentor...
Twenty-five young artists from 21 countries have been selected as finalists for the 2014-2015 Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. — Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative
Rolex recently unveiled the names of the 4 finalists for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative in the field of architecture. From left to Right: Amritha Ballal, India; Gloria María Cabral Insaurralde, Paraguay; Orlando García, Colombia / United States; Hiba Shahzada, Jordan.
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor was announced last week as the architecture mentor for the Rolex Arts Initiative, where seven major artists in their respective fields will collaborate with seven young, emerging talents for the year 2014-2015. — bustler.net
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"Bracingly forward-looking, Zumthor's design for LACMA would give the city a much-needed jolt of architectural energy." — Los Angeles Times
Zumthor's design, which obliterates the original campus of LACMA, would cost an estimated $450M to construct, with another $200M in soft and operating costs built in. A few questions abound: is this really any different (in overall approach) than OMA's ill-fated masterplan from roughly 10 years...
News Robin Pogrebin reported that following wide-ranging protests, the Museum of Modern Art has selected the design firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro to re-examine it’s planned expansion including whether to keep any of the existing American Folk Art Museum. Scott Gustafon was...
At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, an acclaimed Swiss architect is hoping to pull off what an acclaimed Dutch one could not.
Next month LACMA will publicly unveil a $650-million plan by Pritzker Prize winner Peter Zumthor for a dramatic new museum building along Wilshire Boulevard. — latimes.com
At the age of 69, he has only built around 20 projects, but each one has caused ripples. He is now courted by millionaires around the globe – from Spiderman's Tobey Maguire to Qatar's Sheikh Saud al-Thani – each desperate for a piece of his pure, unadulterated vision. He is the architect every architect wants to be, the inspiration every student cites. So how did the myth of the mountain man come to be? — guardian.co.uk
"In 2009 we built two timber houses, the Oberhus and the Unterhus, in the hamlet of Leis, just over 1,500 m above sea level in the community of Vals in Grisons. From 1 December 2012 onward we are letting out the Unterhus for vacations. A third timber house, the Türmlihus, will soon complete this little ensemble. The Türmlihus will welcome its first guests in autumn 2013.
We are very much looking forward to having guests in our timber vacation homes in Leis.
Annalisa and Peter Zumthor" — ZTH blog
peter and annalisa zumthor are, apparently, getting into the hospitality business. one - and soon to be two houses, designed by zumthor and located in the small town of leis, will be able to be leased out beginning next week. both houses appear to be located adjacent to a house designed for...
[Zumthor] runs a small office from his mountain home in Switzerland; he doesn't give interviews by telephone; he rarely makes public appearances; and his projects—like the ghostly luminescent bathhouse he created for the Swiss town of Vals—emanate a high seriousness that could only have come from this oracle of the Alps. Yet recently, the typically solitary Zumthor has taken to palling around with another prominent designer: celebrated garden designer Piet Oudolf. — online.wsj.com
Zumthor’s work has nothing coldly functional or academic about it. He doesn’t deal in stacks of Lego or Zaha Hadid-style computerised ziggurats.
Instead he seems to warm bricks and mortar into subtle poetry, and whether he is dreaming up thermal baths (as at Vals), sheltered housing (Chur) or a place of worship (the Bruder Klaus chapel near Cologne), one invariably senses a powerful spirituality inspiring and informing the design. — telegraph.co.uk
Pritzker-winning architect Peter Zumthor has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Queen of England and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture. — bustler.net
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