A Feeling of History

Peter Zumthor, Mari Lending

Photographs by Hélène Binet


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These book contains Peter Zumthor’s surprising and revealing reflections on time and history.
While he was working to complete the Almannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum in southern Norway in 2016, Zumthor asked Norwegian architectural historian Mari Lending to engage in a dialogue about the project. In meandering, impressionistic style, and drawing on their favorite writers, such as Stendhal, Nabokov, or T. S. Eliot, their exchanges explore how history, time, and temporalities reverberates across Zumthor’s oeuvre

Contemporary Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
Looking back, Zumthor ponders on how a feeling of history has informed his attempts at emotional reconstruction by means of building, from architectural interventions in dramatic landscapes to his design for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which conceived the building on a suitably grand urban scale.
This small, beautifully designed book records the conversation between Zumthor and Lending, accompanied by photographs taken by the renowned Swiss architectural photographer Hèlène Binet. The resulting book is a surprisingly revelatory view of one of the most interesting and restlessly creative architects of our era.

Mari Lending is professor of architectural history and theory at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Her latest book is Plaster Monuments. Architecture and the Power of Reproduction (Princeton University Press, 2017).
Peter Zumthor born 1943, works with his Atelier of around 30 people in the alpine setting of Haldenstein, Switzerland, producing architectural originals like Kunsthaus Bregenz, Therme Vals, Museum Kolumba Köln or the Steilneset Memorial in Vardø.

84 pages, 14 illustrations
Paperback, 11x19.5 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2018
ISBN 9783858818058