Showing posts with label Peter Zumthor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peter Zumthor. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Spiderman Stirs Controversy Among Architects

Actor Tobey Maguire (left), popularly known for his movie role as Spiderman, has stirred up debate in the architecture world by asking Pritzker Prize laureate Peter Zumthor (right) to design a house for him in LA.

First, Maquire scores points for being smart enough to even know to ask someone like Zumthor to design a house for him. While, Zumthor is a Pritzker Prize-winning architect he is not particularly a household name outside the world of architecture and he doesn't have the star power of someone like LA's Frank Gehry.

How did someone as young as Maguire even know about the elderly Mr. Zumthor from Switzerland?

Some are questioning whether Zumthor's deceptively discrete style is appropriate for LA. This would be Zumthor's first house in LA.

And of course, there are always those who wonder why people don't use their own very capable LA architects and look to outsiders for designs.

Spiderman and Tobey Maguire might be just enough of a draw to get students talking about architecture, the Pritzker Prize, and Peter Zumthor.

Click on the heading above to read the NY Times article about Zumthor winning the 2009 Pritzker Prize.

Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 Pritzker Prize for Architecture Announced

The Pritzker Prize, architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize, award winner for 2009 has just been announced.

The prize went to Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (1943). Zumthor focuses on the atmosphere and details of his works, taking all the time he needs (often several years) in his studio in the Swiss mountains to deliver timeless buildings such as Brother Klaus Field Chapel, Kolumba Art Museum, Swiss Pavillion Expo Hannover, Therm Vals, and more.

Zumthor’s art museum in Bregenz, Austria (right), has glass walls that can serve as billboards or video screens at night.

Zumthor's book,"Thinking Architecture", oulines his ideas about architecture like,

“I believe that architecture today needs to reflect on the tasks and possibilities which are inherently its own. Architecture is not a vehicle or a symbol for things that do not belong to its essence. In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings, and speak its own language. I believe that the language of architecture is not a question of a specific style. Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society. My buildings try to answer the questions that emerge from these simple facts as precisely and critically as they can.”

The Pritzker Prize ceremony will take place on May 29th in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is a good opportunity for design education teachers to introduce students to architecture since the Pritzker announcement will be seen in news media, newspapers, and magazines around the world.

Click on the heading above to see a list of past Pritzker Prize winners.