Peter Zumthor Interview: Different Kinds of Silence

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5 yıl önce

We visited Peter Zumthor - one of the world’s leading architects - in his studio in Switzerland. In this extensive and rare biographical video interview he tells the captivating story of his childhood, his studies in NYC and his parents’ strong influence.
Zumthor - who works from the small town of Haldenstein in Switzerland - likes being outside the big centres of the world, as it frees him of having to consider the opinions of his fellow colleagues: “If you work like an artist, you need your own separate space.” He does, however, also work well in the “anonymous sound” of a city, where it is also possible to find calm in “a protective ocean of sound.” There are, Zumthor feels, different kinds of silence, and finding one’s mental silence - being able to concentrate - is what is most important in order to work well.
“There’s nothing I’m not interested in.” Zumthor loves literature and music, but prides himself in taking an overall interest in different things, as it fuels him: “It’s a nourishing ground.” His constant appetite for learning gives him the tools to be able to understand whatever place or landscape he needs to work in, and being able to “feel a space” and having an idea how to react as an architect, is essential. When he designs his innovative architecture, Zumthor furthermore puts great emphasis on connecting the old with the new, rather than breaking with history. Likewise, he feels that all architects have a great social responsibility when it comes to creating buildings, which are both well crafted and sustainable.
Anything can be considered art as long as it’s done with personal devotion to the making of it, Zumthor argues: “I never decided to become an architect.” Starting out as an industrial designer, it was not until 1968 that he made the decision of becoming an architect and began participating in competitions, thinking to himself: “I can do this better.” As for the first competition he entered, he was kicked out in the first round - a pivotal experience that made him aware of the need to always improve.
Peter Zumthor (b. 1943) is a Swiss architect. Among his best-known projects are the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, the thermal baths in Vals in Switzerland, the Swiss Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hannover (an all-timber structure intended to be recycled after the event) and the Kolumba Diocesan Museum in Cologne. Zumthor is the winner of several prestigious awards such as the 1998 Carlsberg Architecture Prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (1999), the Praemium Imperiale (2008), the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. He lives and works in Switzerland.
For more about Peter Zumthor see:
Peter Zumthor was interviewed by Marc-Christoph Wagner at his studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland in May 2015.
Camera: Klaus Elmer
Edited by: Klaus Elmer
Produced by: Marc-Christoph Wagner
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015
Supported by Nordea-fonden

MattaClark 8 gün önce
"there is something special about painting, and there is something special about music, and there is something special about literature, and there is something special about.....ZZZZzzzzz" *_falls asleep_*
De Dill
De Dill 11 gün önce
Is he confessing to himself? Dude! Fcking speak up mate
Vishal 18 gün önce
If anyone have case study on this project please share with me
Marcel Tzara
Marcel Tzara Aylar önce
I hate silence
Giivanni Colombo
Giivanni Colombo Aylar önce
Die natuer ist so komplexe Ordung dass fuer unsere Augen unOrdnung scheint,,,,, peter Zumtor eiin Meister Arch. ...... Dott(2°).Ing.Arch.giovanni Colombo A1360 Ord.Ing.PG_I_1995 09171 Arch.kammer B_de_2003_2011
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zu am Aylar önce
*it is voiceless for him to say that he is trying to use Luis Barragan's style!*
Andreas sap
Andreas sap 2 aylar önce
this guy is so elemental he could have designed Stonehenge
Ungurean Ana-Cristina
Ungurean Ana-Cristina 2 aylar önce
This was so stunning! I so much wish to be your student!
Arang 24
Arang 24 2 aylar önce
알고리즘을 통해 영상을 보기 시작한 한국의 건축학도
김진수 Aylar önce
visArchi 2 aylar önce
💡معماری داخلی و تریدی مکس فارسی در ویزارکی 💡
Ari Chama
Ari Chama 2 aylar önce
Hello, my name is Ariel, I am from Mexico. I am trying to raise funds to be able to return to university since I had to abandon it to help my mother and my brother, I currently work repairing clothes, and I do some work such as rehearsals or crafts but I cannot go back to school, I am trying to develop bags for myself, my idea is to incorporate organic materials that do not pollute the planet, so I can help myself to work and thus be able to go back to school, I want to study architecture, please take the time to read my story and my idea to get ahead, if you can help me by donating or sharing my message to more people I would appreciate it, if you have questions ask me, the least I want is for them to think that I want to scam them when all I am looking for is to achieve my dream of being an architect; This is my campaign where I explain my situation and my idea I hope you can help me: I also made a video that is on youtube if you want to see it: You can also make a direct donation in Paypal which is linked to my fundraising campaign: With all my heart thank you for taking the time to read my situation, thank you very much, blessings
John Michael Campis Bobe
John Michael Campis Bobe 2 aylar önce
His works speak the volume of his personality - muted, calm, silent, mediated, poetic, nature, etc. It's an architecture of time. I ran out of words for his work, I just crave and wonder what and when he'll come out with another project!
Lek 3 aylar önce
His works speak the volume of his personality - muted, calm, silent, mediated, poetic, nature, etc. It's an architecture of time. I ran out of words for his work, I just crave and wonder what and when he'll come out with another project!
murphy yum
murphy yum 3 aylar önce
Michae V
Michae V 3 aylar önce
audio is a mess
Wel Wro
Wel Wro 3 aylar önce
Super! Zobacz również:
Ask why?
Ask why? 3 aylar önce
His voice itself is some kind of spoken silence.
Niken 10 gün önce
i have to agree with this :"
Ann Taylor
Ann Taylor 4 aylar önce
Thanks for sharing this interview, really inspiring.
Сергей 4 aylar önce
Wer ist auch hier wegen dem Abi?
Zeyno 3 aylar önce
Same. ^^ wie war die Klausur haha, hat das Video was gebracht?
Peter Pitout
Peter Pitout 4 aylar önce
Such a joy to listen to someone so inspired and humble . Thank you .
Louisiana Channel
Louisiana Channel 4 aylar önce
So glad you enjoyed it!
Mica Alor
Mica Alor 6 aylar önce
Mesmerized by his work, I absolutely love his style of architecture, the emotions he evokes thought his materials and the way he collaborates with nature...Peter Zumthor, to me one of the greatest!
Juno Doran
Juno Doran 8 aylar önce
I find him really hard to understand, English subtitles would be great
Сергей 4 aylar önce
I do understand him. And I also understand him in German which is just as difficult to understand.
Sumita Singha
Sumita Singha 4 aylar önce
The subtitles will make it even clearer that no one can follow his train of thought. I thought if I talked like he does, people would laugh at me. But they respect him even though they can't understand him because he has won all these prizes and therefore they think, he must be great. Having met him, as a person he is lovely and humble. So the conclusion is that probably his designs talk better than he does
asynchronicity 8 aylar önce
A conversation between him and Werner Herzog would be amazing.
RogonjaĐole OliverePapučar
RogonjaĐole OliverePapučar 9 aylar önce
I don't know why, but I've always disliked this guy, ... not his architecture though.
Walter Ramirez
Walter Ramirez 11 aylar önce
A very phenomenological architect
John Ferraz
John Ferraz 11 aylar önce
Sincerity of intent and clarity of necessity...we are alone in the tide of reality. There is always hope.
David Hernandez
David Hernandez Yıl önce
MerryChristmas,& Happy2020 Mr.Zumthor has any projects with 3dprintings in any or his work by any chance?
Ahmad Bello
Ahmad Bello Yıl önce
Phenomenology speaking
Olenuha Nev
Olenuha Nev Yıl önce
3:47 хороший баланс строений и растений. действительно - присутствует тишина.
Anton Schmid
Anton Schmid Yıl önce
Cooles Video
gyudtrasar3 Yıl önce
16:41 I find it funny how architects sort of stumble into the profession more than to aspire to become one.
Le Garçon Qui ment
Le Garçon Qui ment Yıl önce
Can anybody see the books in the left corner
Peter Harris
Peter Harris Yıl önce some point equinox on channel 4.. showed an item on early warning systems some ideas I had never come across since.. just the sound!
Koh Terg
Koh Terg Yıl önce
Pliz i will wash dishes
Koh Terg
Koh Terg Yıl önce
I nid wife from germany or austria, ajm veri gud boi, pliz merri me just tiny lil bit.
Koh Terg
Koh Terg Yıl önce
Old man is nuts, he kinda need to get out more or get laid idk, just saying.
HcieseK 2 yıl önce
크 춤톨쨔응! 아이시떼루요!!
Melih Sezgin
Melih Sezgin 2 yıl önce
Bloom & Glare
Bloom & Glare 2 yıl önce
Unbelievably beautiful interview by a thoughtful, insanely unique and interesting person.
Dion Tsonidis
Dion Tsonidis 2 yıl önce
shots fired at rem lol
River Kelly
River Kelly 2 yıl önce
This man is awesome !
sherwin abad
sherwin abad 2 yıl önce
the voice of God!
Kevin Gao
Kevin Gao 2 yıl önce
Anyone know the brand of his shirt? Thanks!!!
Jimmy Gunawan
Jimmy Gunawan 3 yıl önce
I like what he said on 16:31 Art in everything.
William Beal
William Beal 3 yıl önce
Peter seems like a genuine talented person. His works are both brilliant and atmospheric.
bleedinggums roberts
bleedinggums roberts 4 yıl önce
wow this man is awesome
Christina Hurst-Prager
Christina Hurst-Prager 4 yıl önce
i would have loved to hear the questions, too
schwarze geometrie
schwarze geometrie 4 yıl önce
Fareed Tareen
Fareed Tareen 4 yıl önce
Kotau 4 yıl önce
I was asked to make some spanish subtitles for this. I could upload it once I'm done if anyone's interested. Alguien me pidió que subtitulara esta entrevista al español. Si a alguien le interesa que la suba a youtube, pueden responder a este comentario.
R m
R m 10 aylar önce
por favor, seria genial.
Vicente 3 yıl önce
a mucha gente le gustaría. Ponte en contacto con el canal para no infringir copyright en todo caso
Maximiliano Alvarez
Maximiliano Alvarez 3 yıl önce
Kotau Hola, me serviría mucho, gracias. Saludos
Javier Moser
Javier Moser 3 yıl önce
Kotau si tenes el subtitulo estaria buenisimo que lo subas! Seria genial para mostrar en la clase de arquitectura. Gracias!
design zhang
design zhang 4 yıl önce
I like his silence,want to USA learn architectural,I work in xi'an China for 6years,but don't know many things and want know more,think is just a way to be a good architect but not all.
bluteo27 4 yıl önce
I have his book called "Peter Zumthor Works: Buildings and Projects, 1979-1997" listed on Amazon for the cheapest price you can find (seller name GoodBrainCo), beautiful designs and words from this man!
Rana Omer Farooq
Rana Omer Farooq 4 yıl önce
Norman Foster is a marvelous designs presented by the video . His views are natural and picturesque.Consume d the energy
Mansour Bellah El-Hajj
Mansour Bellah El-Hajj 4 yıl önce
the Legend
YE RYUNG MIN 4 yıl önce
Love his architectural language. His architecture is like poetry.
Niken 10 gün önce
THOMAS C 3 aylar önce
han Peter
han Peter 3 aylar önce
me too!
muktar ajibola
muktar ajibola 3 aylar önce
Not like, but is poetry.
Ratana Mab
Ratana Mab 4 aylar önce
Jupiter Eye truyghv hrbexsxs ww www
Rosario Di Rosa
Rosario Di Rosa 4 yıl önce
he is thr best architect
R m
R m 10 aylar önce
Rosario Di Rosa yes ,sure the best.
david cox
david cox 4 yıl önce
be warned the cough at 32:58
Ludmila R
Ludmila R 3 aylar önce
This didnt age well
ali abdallah
ali abdallah 2 yıl önce
david cox sneeze lol
ahmedou elboayt
ahmedou elboayt 4 yıl önce
please name of song in the start of this video :)
Afnan Fahmi
Afnan Fahmi 4 yıl önce!/search/phrase=distant+memories+&perpage=100 you can find it here it's called distant memories . it's made by Morten Gildberg-Hansen in joy it .i found it after texting the channel of louisiana they were helpfull .Well it's all
nima azarang
nima azarang 4 yıl önce
did u find it ?
AJ Y 4 yıl önce
soporific! Fascinating! Wonderful! Woah! Ah! Soporific!
crila07 4 yıl önce
Jack Lane
Jack Lane 4 yıl önce
The God of architecture
Sharon Phelps
Sharon Phelps 5 yıl önce
Beautiful architecture, and amazing person
JESUS 5 yıl önce
Absolutely the Professor...
maultx 5 yıl önce
so good
Ivan Chytil
Ivan Chytil 5 yıl önce
Mário Calado
Mário Calado 5 yıl önce
WE Like!
Emilio Rossi
Emilio Rossi 5 yıl önce
Anyone knows the intro soundtrack? Who's the artist that plays the piano song?
ahmedou elboayt
ahmedou elboayt 4 yıl önce!/search/phrase=distant+memories+&perpage=100 you can find it here it's called distant memories . it's made by Morten Gildberg-Hansen in joy it .i found it after texting the channel of louisiana they were helpfull .Well it's all
S. Mohammed
S. Mohammed 5 yıl önce
I'm surprised, I thought Peter speaks German only. This was an exciting journey from a true artist, He made me laugh so much at the end.
Danny Sze
Danny Sze 3 aylar önce
he studied in New York.
mic9check 5 yıl önce
This video is already a classic..Much appreciated!
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