My buildings should have an emotional core – a space which, in itself, has an emotional nice feeling.Peter Zumthor
This very quote itself speaks to us the focus on the space and how it is to be felt or experienced. I simply adore the man, Peter Zumthor who says this.
The man as a cabinet maker and architect with a Pritzker prize, exhibits a sensible touch towards architecture. His thinking process is mind blowing. He sees Architecture as a whole, not as a building or an interior or a landscape. He sees it as a whole and brings all senses together and binds the users and visitors to the space. His emphasis is never on forms, it’s always on the space.
When he himself is an inspiring person, he has his inspiration from Heidegger’s philosophy of Phenomenology. This is what roots him to his ideologies and makes his Architecture sensible. He believes in making memories and experiencing the space very lively. This sensibility is even achieved with utmost craziness by him. Brother Klaus Field Chapel in Germany was designed by him in 2007. Would you ever burn your creativity or the structure you built? I wouldn’t. But he has rather burnt its interiors with wood to leave charred walls and hollowed blackened cavity which is the functional space of the chapel.
The interior conical structure is obtained by 112 tree trunks and the exterior is of 24 layers of thick concrete. Those 112 woods were the ones set to fire.
Chapel has another interesting feature. No electric or plumbing lines can be seen. The only means of lighting is through the triangular door and the open sky top of the conical walls. Breaking the monotony and provoking one’s senses to remember the space is his uniqueness.
Only very few people imagine and do things beyond their imaginations. Zumthor is one of those rarest gems.
I can go on and on about him and his ideologies. Would you like to hear more?? Are you also fascinated by him like me? Whatever comes to your mind, share it right away in the comments section below.
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