Install Theme

Peter Zumthor - The Thermae of Stone in Vals, Switzerland

Stone. Water. Light

 ”And for the stone to caress the human body, it has to be heated, made to feel as if it had been warmed by the sun. The stone must be allowed to make its own impact; not too many architectural shapes and sculptural visions should be imposed on it; the mass, large and serene, should be left alone so that the presence of the stone is felt, so that it can exert its own effect on our bodies.

The more we trusted the stone and allowed it to play the leading role, the more it began to reveal its subtleties, its grain, its structures, its beauty.
Peter Zumthor Therme Vals, edition Scheidegger&Spiess, p. 140

"Hence, working on the architectural design always meant thinking about the rituals of bathing. The architecture that we developed step-by-step inspired us to see the experience of bathing in a new light, to find new choices and forms, to leave some things out, to rediscover original forms. Conversely, studying the art of bathing influenced our architecture. A certain openness and radicalism marked the path we took, accompanied by a group of people from Vals whom the community had given the responsibility of overseeing the project."
Peter Zumthor Therme Vals, edition Scheidegger&Spiess, p. 90

In praise of light
"The thermal bath in Vals is the master piece of Peter Zumthor. The prize winning architecture is also a place of illumination - especially because it reveres the shadows.

The blocks were stacked from 60,000 panels of Vals Gneiss, formed 50 million years ago at 500°C and 15 kilobar, and then blasted, broken, split, milled, sometimes roughened, ground or polished. Both the floor and pool are made of this greyish-green stone with white inclusions, which look at you like eyes, the ceiling panels are made of concrete – rooms made only of stone, water and light.(…) The narrow six centimetre slits cut a razor sharp network of lights in the roof and ceiling. They give the upper partition a structure, and also show the spa visitors the extent of the room to the side – and therefore, they support the structural concept of the architect, who always saw his baths as a space continuum, that you experience as a whole, but do not see all of immediately”.
Axel Simon, Beilage zu Hochparterre 3/2010 „Steinbad, Sonnenspiel und Himmelsscheibe – Der Tageslicht-Award 2010“[Supplement to Hochparterre 3/2010 “Stone bath, sun play, and sun disc - The Tageslicht Award 2010”]

BCHO Architects. Stone Wall House. Gyeonggi-do. Korea. photos (c) BCHO Architects

The acts of splitting and dividing in architecture can produce dramatic effects; it can induce stronger relationships, reveal points of focus and create new spaces. (c) BCHO Architects

Source : architags

(via the-mosbius-designs)

Arctia Headquarters by K2S Architects in Katajanokka, Finland.

Source: nonconcept

(via architecture-blanc)

Beauty and the Beast

Allies and Morrison Architects pays tribute to the Brutalist architecture of London’s facade » South Bank with this new home for the Rambert Dance Company, which conceals double-height studios behind a precast concrete

Source : dezeen

Agnieszka Rayss

The Praga waterworks water intake station draws water from under the Vistula.

(Source : mpdrolet, via architectureofdoom)

Tietgen Dormitory, a 21st century courtyard building. 

By Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects

Location : Copenhagen, Denmark.

Source : ombuarchitecture via archdaily

(via alwaysinstudio)

Daily inspiration. Learn more about the project

Source : aestatestudio

(via thisivyhouse)

2009 Harvard GSD

Performative Wood Studio (A. Menges)

Steam-Bent Wood Lattice Morphology, Jeffrey Niemasz, Jon Sargent, Laura Viklund, Harvard 

Source : larameeee

(via arciphilia)

Sky needle.

Frank Lloyd Wright reveals the design for his Mile-High Skyscraper, Chicago, Illinois, 1956

Source : archiveofaffinities

(via superarchitects)

Kindergarten by Ecker Architekten.

Source : Antonio Maria Privitera, also on: Instagram | Pinterest | Behance

(Source : nnmprv)

Redevelopment of Industrial Area

Francesco Adobati 

Source : ryanpanos

(via nnmprv)

Clean and clever

Source : kaoztheory

(Source : R2--D2)

Hobbit skyscraper …

The Prahran Hotel, Melbourne, Australia | Techné Architects

A rear of a small inner city Melbourne pub has been transformed from a tiny add-on back extension into a voyeuristic playground by Techné Architects. The clever rethinking of the space has effectively turned the 130m2 back area of The Prahran Hotel into 300m2 over three levels.

CJWHO:  facebook  |  instagram | twitter  |  pinterest  |  subscribe

(Source : cjwho, via alwaysinstudio)

Frederick H. Evans, A Sea Of Steps: Wells Cathedral (Platinum prints, detail), England, 1903.

Source : magictransistor

(via stravaganza)