Peter Zumthor "Brother Claus Field Chapel"

Friday, May 8, 2009

Peter Zumthor is the recipient of the 2009 Pritzker Prize, he unlike other architects he doesn't have a lot of built projects. Although he is very famous and have a great influence in architecture field now, he stil remain in his small studio in Switzerland.

Brother Claus Field Chapel, located in Mecharnich, Germany is built as a dedication to the holy Niklaus von Fluehe, by the local farmers.
Peter Zumthor 's works are a combination of Arts and Craft, which focus on time and continuity.
In this chapel, Zumthor incoporated a technique called "rammed concrete", which is pouring 24 layers of concrete around a teepee made of 112 tree trunks together for 24 days. Later the tree trunk was burn to have the final texture.
Another interesing feature is the oculus on top of the chapel, which allows light and rain penetrate into the interior. The light can also enter into the chapel through the holes on the wall.
Photos from Thomas Mayer
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