Peter Zumthor

Leis, Switzerland

Peter Zumthor (1943) is a world-renowned architect. Born in Switzerland, he studied industrial design and architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York and at Schule für Gestaltung in Basel. In 1979, he founded his architecture practice in Haldenstein. His architecture designs explore archetypal forms, the connection between built volumes and their location, and the tactile qualities of materials. Minimalist and masterful, his work gained worldwide recognition in the 1990s. Notable projects include Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, Kolumba Museum in Cologne, and the Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland. Peter Zumthor has received prestigious awards, including the Pritzker Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, and the Carlsberg Architectural Prize. He currently lives and works in in Haldenstein, Switzerland.  

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