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Peter Zumptor, The hidden jewel of Switzerland

early life

Peter zumptor was born in Basel(small town in Switzerland). He was the son of a cabinet-maker. He apprenticed himself to a carpenter in 1958 and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule (art and craft school) in 1963

Zumptor studied industrial design and architecture as an exchange student in 1966 and worked as a conservationist architect at the department for the preservation of monuments of the canton of Graubünden. While working there, works on historic restoration projects gave him a deep understanding of constructions of different rustic building materials. As the time went by, his ability improved and he was able to combine his knowledge of materials and modernist construction. he founded his own studio in 1979, and started to accept more international projects.

therme vals

his best known project is Therme Vals, the cave-like thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland. only after 2 years from the completion, it was designated as an important cultural property. He insisted on using locally quarried stone. The atmospheric mood and the beautiful scenery gives great relaxation to guests. This special spa has received 2009 Pritzker Prize, the most authoritative prize for architects.

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