Footbridge in Petrer

This is one of her more interesting works in my opinion. The reason being that it is a metal footbridge that is designed by a world renown architect, which is also so well know that she has had acclaim for it. It had=s a very rustic feeling to it since she has incorporated industrial metals that have the look of being rusted over.  Yet the top of it has this nice wooden walkway. While also having built-in benches that are incorporated right into the structure.

Yet in some ways, this piece of hers does not surprise me very much since she has a knack for incorporating bridge metaphors. Especially with her cemetery that allowed for a metaphorical bridge that the dead could use.

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Kunsthaus Bregenz-Peter Zumthor

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The Kunsthaus Bregenz was designed by Peter Zumthor in 1998. One of the major modern art galleries worldwide, it is a fine example of architectural minimalism. Distinguished by its external form and its very spacious design.  Peter Zumthor’s designed the Bregenz to be a place for art and a place where people can peacefully encounter art. The outside has 712   equally sized glass panels giving it a very bright and vibrant inside at points and allowing for the amount of light to be controlled. It is a fantastic building for allowing artists to display their work how they want to.

Tokyo Apartments–Sou Fujimoto

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Tokyo Apartment is a building looks like a mountain.

Tokyo Apartment is in Tokyo, Japan.

At the outside, just like a big kid put some different house together with out arrangement. However,the inside is an entirety. In Tokyo, the vertical space have to be accept, because the modern city have to accept a lot of population.

What is more, we can see the house has outside stairs, and the designer hope this place where can let people feel relax.

The Therme Vals – Peter Zumthor

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The Therme Vals is a hotel and spa in one. Peter Zumthor designed the spa and baths which opened in 1996, before the rest of the hotel was built. His idea was to create a cave/ quarry like structure that blends right into the mountain. Uniquely,  the bathrooms lay below a grass roof structure half buried into the hillside. The Therme Vals is built from locally quarried Valser Quartzite slabs. This stone became Zumthor’s  inspiration for the design, and he used it with dignity and respect.

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He definitely took the mystic qualities of a world of stone within the mountain, for darkness and light, for light reflections on the water or in the steam saturated air into his design. Using these very natural aspects he crafted the environment that was spa-worthy and naturally artistic too.

“Mountain, stone, water – building in the stone, building with the stone, into the mountain, building out of the mountain, being inside the mountain – how can the implications and the sensuality of the association of these words be interpreted, architecturally?” Peter Zumthor.

The Saint Benedict Chapel- Peter Zumthor

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The Saint Benedict Chapel, located in the village of Sumvitg, Graubünden, was designed by Peter Zumthor in 1988. The modest, wooden exterior of the chapel shows the beauty and simplicity of Zumthor’s works, while the interior displays his amazing craftsmanship. The chapel was constructed in 1984 in a small village of Sumvitg because an avalanche destroyed the past chapel. The new chapel was built on the hillside by a forest which protects it from future avalanches.

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Although Zumthor used modern materials and techniques for the chapel, it blends perfectly into the natural mountain.  For example, the chapel is constructed with wooden shingles and snips, similar to the local traditional houses and multitude of trees surrounding it. The natural wood and glass allows for a vibrant array of natural colors inside the chapel which create a reverent  feeling that the chapel was looking for.

Shelters for Roman Archaeological Site- Peter Zumthor

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One of the first big projects for Peter Zumthor was this protective pavilion built to cover the remains of Roman buildings. Built in 1985-86 and located in the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Zumthor came up with a design of wooden pavilions that functions not only as a protective cover but a museum and a veritable architectural jewel. The wood shelters allow visitors to comprehend the original extent of the Roman buildings by providing a visible and physical form to distinguish the ancient remains in sharp contrast to the modern city.

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The new entrance takes place in one of the sides.More than a standard entrance for a building, it could almost look like the access to something very sci-fi-ish. In order to preserve the artifacts, almost everything avoids contact with the floor. Just a few steps up, the stainless steel door opens into a metal footbridge which runs across the interior of all the buildings at a raised observation level. This building gives off the vibe of a time machine because people enter this very sophisticated building while looking back at ancient relics . It is extremely impressive how he was able to combine the two times in his design.

Children’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation–Sou Fujimoto

Centro_infantil_HokkaidoChildren’s Center for Psychiatric is in Hokkaido, Japan.  For this building the main special point is the random construction. imagesIn my first eye, I will feel the designer is a liberalist maybe. However, I feel he also has some main idea in this design. Those random rooms can look like a list of note without stave. And we will find they have a lot of gap between each room, Sou Fujimoto wants to give enough space to kids for they playing.

 

 

 

 

Zaha Hadid- BMW Central Building, Germany

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Zaha Hadid and BMW came together to work on this building and their goal was to deliver a radical reinterpretation of the traditional office. The Central Building acts as a transition zone between the manufacturing areas and public spaces, at the manufacturing center in Leipzig, Germany. Inside, many of the walls are glass, which helps to integrate the different employees, and prevent the establishment of cliques among blue collar and white collar employees.

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Home for Senior Citizens, Chur, Switzerland – Peter Zumthor

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Peter Zumthor also designed a home for senior citizens in 1993. This long slab of two-floor apartments seems modernist but his use of materials instead of comedic paint give this home its own unique touch. The use of big windows and wood as framing give this structure a very physical appearance.

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The east facade holds two entrances to the building which are integrated into the row of double height windows. The entrance leads into a large common space that distributes the inhabitants into their personal living units. Instead of a hallway this space is more like a long living room. The cells are more like big pieces of furniture themselves since their volume and partitioning doesn’t seem to touch the ceiling and floor.

vacation homes in leis, vals- Peter Zumthor

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Peter Zumthor built magnificent vacation homes in the most peculiar location. He decided to make these homes in the Swiss Alps. In this very snowy and cold climate, Zumthor’s houses stand out because of their light and bright volumes of timber that is used. He focuses on crisp vertices as well as seemingly perfect finger joints. Although they may seem like normal cabins, his attention to precise detail make these homes exceptional.

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These homes take on a different personality each season but are particularly special in the winter. Their location is perfect for skiers because the front door is the first run. The inside of these homes is also lit up because of the wood and create a very cozy and gentle environment.