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    DescriptionTherme Vals, the spa complex built in the Swiss Alps by celebrated architect Peter Zumthor, became an icon of contemporary architecture soon after its opening in 1996. Inspired by the spa's majestic surroundings, Zumthor built the structure on the sharp grade of an Alpine mountain slope with grass-topped roofs to mimic Swiss meadows, captured here in a series of sumptuous images. `Peter Zumthor Therme Vals,` the only book-length study of this singular building, features the architect's own original sketches and plans for its design as well as Helene Binet's striking photographs of the structure. Architectural scholar Sigrid Hauser contributes an essay on such topics as `Artemis/Diana,` `Baptism,` `Mikvah,` and `Spring`--drawing out the connections between the elemental nature of the spa and mythology, bathing, and purity.Annotations by Peter Zumthor on his design concept and the building process elucidate the structure's symbiotic relationship to its natural surroundings, revealing, for example, why he insisted on using locally quarried stone. Therme Vals's scenic design elements, and Zumthor's contributions to this book, reflect the architect's commitment to the essential and his disdain for needless architectural flourishes. This lavishly illustrated volume about the spa that catapulted a remote Swiss village onto the international architecture scene will entrance all enthusiasts of contemporary design.

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    Peter Zumthor Therme Vals
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Zumthor
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 242 mm
    Height: 303 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 1,361 g
    ISBN 13: 9783858817044
    ISBN 10: 385881704X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AMB
    Abridged Dewey: 720
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 21
    DC22: 720.92
    BISAC V2.8: ARC006000
    DC22: 725.73
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 21
    B&T Approval Code: A05093022
    Libri: ARCH8012, ARCH6000, BAUB5012, P0041759
    LC classification: RA884.V25 H3813 2007
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), plans
    Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
    Imprint name
    Scheidegger und Spiess AG, Verlag
    Publication date
    01 June 2008
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    Author Information
    Peter Zumthor is one of Switzerland's foremost contemporary architects; he is also an architectural theorist and teacher. His built work includes the St. Benedict Chapel (Sumvitg, Switzerland), the Kunsthaus Bregenz (Austria), the Swiss Sound Box (EXPO 2000, Hannover, Germany), and the Kolumba Art Museum (Cologne, Germany).