Instead of courting big commissions and their attendant spotlight, Zumthor, who resides in the small Alpine town of Haldenstein, Switzerland, only accepts work with which he feels an affinity. The building he’s most commonly associated with is the spa at Hotel Thermae in Vals, Switzerland, an essay in tranquil austerity. Check out this three-part documentary on the spa, complete with an interview with the often reclusive architect: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The photo above is of Zumthor’s 2007 Brother Claus Field Chapel in Mechernich, Germany, near Cologne. For a slideshow of more Zumthor’s work visit this fine one at the New York Times.
Photo credit: Florian Seffert (F*)’s Flickr photostream.
Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.