Peter Zumthor, the reclusive Swiss architect widely revered for a small yet powerful body of work, is the 2009 laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The Hyatt Foundation, which administers the award, announced his selection today.
“Peter Zumthor is a master architect admired by his colleagues around the world for work that is focused, uncompromising, and exceptionally determined,” the jury said in its citation. “He has a rare talent of combining clear and rigorous thought with a truly poetic dimension, resulting in works that never cease to inspire.”
His best known projects are the Bregenz Art Museum (1997), a shimmering glass and concrete cube that overlooks Lake Constance in Austria; the cave-like thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland (1999); the Swiss Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, an all-timber structure intended to be recycled after the event; and most recently, the Kolumba Diocesan Museum (2007), in Cologne, Germany. In a world of short attention spans, Zumthor is known for the time he takes to listen to his clients, and also for demanding from his clients the time he needs to develop his designs.(to find out more..)image & passage from: