Is under-the-radar Swiss architect Peter Zumthor the stealth star of his profession? He's got close to 60,000 Facebook followers, he won the 2009 Pritzker award, and his services are in high demand.
Want to know more? Zumthor's book, Thinking Architecture, describes the motivation behind his designs (bonus points: the third edition includes new color photographs of Zumthor’s home and studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland, by Laura J. Padgett). "Thinking Architecture" by Peter Zumthor is available through Amazon; $175.
For an example of Zumthor's work, see Poetry in Space: Vals Thermal Spa in Switzerland.
Above: The architect at work in in his studio. Photograph by Laura J. Padgett via Kebence.
Above: Zumthor's kitchen features large frameless panes of glass, affording a view of the outside. Photograph by Laura J. Padgett via Open House.
Above: Zumthor's use of natural materials brings warmth to his spare architecture. Photograph by Laura J. Padgett via Open House.