Friday, March 16, 2007

zumthor's bruder klaus field chapel

photo by ony one on flickr
inspired from a post on gravestmor [after finding the slideshow no longer worked], we did some digging on flickr and found this short but fascinating set on peter zumthor's chapel in mechernich, germany.

...constructed by local farmers in honour of their patron saint, the 15th-century hermit Bruder Klaus. The chapel is made using a technique coined by Zumthor as “rammed concrete”.
The farmers made up the outer walls by pouring 50cm of concrete every day to create 24 layers, varying in texture and colour. Inside, the prayer space is formed from local tree trunks, creating a teepee-shaped structure that were slowly burnt out. This created a concrete space impressed with the markings of trees. The floor is poured lead.

the flickr photoset includes a beautiful floor plan rendering, and some poetic images of the chapel's interior. evidently this project makes an appearance in the recently published atmospheres, a book based upon a transcript of a lecture by the zum himself.

the seemingly global fascination with this man is legendary, which only adds to his mythic persona.
“If you’re going to write about me you need to know something,” says PeterZumthor sternly. “My reputation is completely wrong. Everything you think I am, I am not.”

here is an article for icon magazine which tries to uncover the myths of the "architect's architect".

lust on and join the zumthor cult...



Michelle Linden said...

Thanks for leading us to the photos..

I am definitely a member of the Zumthor cult. Its always great to see his new work.

I love that he is using the local farmers to help construct the chapel. He is one of the few architect's whose work is truly accessible.

ony one said...

feel free to do some digging for La Ribaute, a building-complex from Anselm Kiefer in Barjac, France. Not easy.

sunyung said...

That's amazing! I am now a big fan of Peter Zumthor. :)

Anonymous said...

Its beautiful, if not a minor environmental disaster... molten-lead-on-grade? Burning a small forest's worth of trees for texture?

As impressive as it is as a structure, I really hope the techniques don't catch on.