Peter Zumthor’s mining experiment
Peter Zumthor’s mining experimentFormerly a zinc mine, the Allmannajuvet canyon in Sauda, Norway, will soon house architect Peter Zumthor’s concept for a museum, service facilities and rest area.
Born in Basel, Switerland, Zumthor’s portfolio of more than thirty years is full of beautiful museums and cultural sites. However, the magical spirit that exudes from the Allmannajuvet site is both regal and gothic. Currently under construction, a life-size model is set-up in Saudasjøen, allowing for refinement and the application of new solutions.
“To me, buildings can have a beautiful silence that I associate with attributes such as composure, self-evidence, durability, presence, and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well; a building that is being itself, being a building, not representing anything, just being.” — Peter Zumthor
A close second for favorite Zumthor architectural heart melter is the Kolumba, an art museum in Cologne, Germany.
“The sense that I try to instil into materials is beyond all rules of composition, and their tangibility, smell, and acoustic qualities are merely elements of the language we are obliged to use. Sense emerges when I succeed in bringing out the specific meanings of certain materials in my buildings, meanings that can only be perceived in just this way in this one building.” — Peter Zumthor
We sense an European architectural travel experience is in our future. What structures have you been dying to visit?
This story was originally published 28 June 2012 on the Trotter website.