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Home for Senior Citizens 1993, Peter Zumthor

2013-07-12 18:05 Cynthia


"Many of the residents grew up in mountain villages around the area. They have always lived in the country and feel at home with the traditional building materials used here – tuff, larch, pine, maple, solid wood flooring and wooden panelling."
                                                                          - Peter Zumther, sharing his designed home for senior citzen








On the hillside of this little quiet village, Graubden, sits a home for senior citizens designed by Peter Zumthor in 1993. Rest below the long slab stands a row of apartments on two floors. The building was hidden in distance with the surrounding modernist houses, but as we come nearer, the 'being' of the block stands out itself out of the others.

The architecture is quiet, but assertive in presence. The quality of material provokes our sense of touch under the dazzling rays of sunset. Harmonious with honesty, the exposed concrete reminds is of the existence of physical structure and show us with sincerity the simple spatial arrangement in the apartment.
 

   

In Zumthor’s skillful hand, materials celebrate their inherit qualities in union with each other. He masterfully shows  s the modesty in approach does not contradict with the overall boldness of a piece. They present humility along with strength; loyalty along with permanence and poetic subtlety.
 



In these architectural pieces, we feel again a strong affirmation of the essence of architecture. Pieces that stands at ease in spite of its age and the layering of history; pieces that breathe with faith in the fragile world.





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