Peter Zumthor 1985–2013

Peter Zumthor 1985–2013

Buildings and Projects

The world-famous architect's long-awaited monograph with texts, sketches, and drawings by Peter Zumthor himself, new photographs, and a complete list of works.


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Title Information

Texts, sketches, drawings and watercolors by Peter Zumthor. Edited by Thomas Durisch

1st edition

, 2014

English edition

5 volumes, hardback in slipcase

856 pages, 278 color and 142 b/w photographs, 342 color and b/w sketches, drawings and plans

24 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-723-5


Peter Zumthor, 2009 Pritzker laureate, is one of the best known architects of the present day. Widely admired for his precision and thoroughness, he creates buildings that are responsive to their location and function, and that are remarkable both for their materials and the atmospheric quality of the spaces they enclose.

This five-volume overview of his work to date presents forty-three buildings and projects, including some that have never been published before. On 856 pages with over 750 photographs, plans, sketches, drawings and watercolors, and with texts written by Peter Zumthor himself specially for this monograph, it documents a wide range of projects from several world-famous buildings to some that never left the drawing board.

With photographs by Hélène Binet, Hans Danuser, Ralph Feiner, Thomas Flechtner, Walter Mair, Joël Tettamanti, and others.

Deutsche Ausgabe

Edition française


Winner of the Filaf d'argent 2014 (Festival International du Livre d'Art & du Film).


Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2014.


Designed by Beat Keusch Visuelle Kommunikation, Basel – Beat Keusch, Angelina Köpplin.

Authors & Editors

Thomas Durisch

, born 1963 in Minneapolis, grew up in Binningen near Basel. He graduated in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, in 1990 and  worked at Atelier Peter Zumthor 1990–94. In 1995 he established his own studio in Zürich. He has been curator of the exhibitions Peter Zumthor – Buildings and Projects 1986–2007 at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2007) and the LX Factory Lisbon (2008), and Architectural Models Peter Zumthor at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012–2014).

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.


«Few architects are as patient and exacting as Peter Zumthor, and this monograph captures the materiality and intangible spirit of his work in drawings, photographs, and his brief texts. It was an inspired idea to divide this rich concentration of work into five slim volumes, rather than cram it into one of the mega-publications that entomb other celebrated architects. Each is a delight to hold and page through, and a model of Swiss design from the gray silk covers to the crisp typography and spacious layouts. Rarely has haptic architecture been better expressed in print.» Michael Webb, The Architects Newspaper



«With the same rigor and poetry of his architecture Zumthor offers us his opera omnia. But so laconic is he that who knows if this is the last.» Eduardo Prieto, ArcitecturaViva