Born in Basel, Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor needs little introduction. From his renowned Therme baths in Vals, Switzerland, to his Steilneset Memorial in Vardø, Norway, Zumthor’s calm, sensorial spaces are grounded in materials, place, and craftsmanship. When the Pritzker Prize jury selected Zumthor as the 2009 Laureate, they said: “His buildings have a commanding presence, yet they prove the power of judicious intervention, showing us again and again that modesty in approach and boldness in overall result are not mutually exclusive. His buildings masterfully assert their presence, engaging many of our senses, not just our sight but also our sense of touch, hearing, and smell.”
Basing his studio in a remote village in eastern Switzerland since 1979, Zumthor’s reputation for keeping to himself commands almost as much attention as his buildings. Projects in the works include extensions to Fondation Beyeler in Basel and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)—his first major US project. His Secular Retreat in Devon in the UK won a 2019 RIBA National Award and was longlisted for House of the Year.