” I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don’t work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. “


” I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It’s not about paper, it’s not about forms. It’s about space and material. “


” Architecture to me is whole. I cannot say I only care about this 25% and the other 75% I let go… it’s just I want to work the way I want to work. In my shop, you can order certain things and other things you cannot. They are not available. “


” Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life. “


” In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language. “


” If you look at the Earth without architecture, it’s sometimes a little bit unpleasant. So there is this basic human need to do shelter in the broadest sense of the word, whether it’s a movie theater or a simple log cabin in the mountains. This is the core of architecture: To provide a space for human beings. “


” There is still a real need for good quality architecture, not paper architecture, but the real stuff. “


” Architecture has its place in the concrete world. This is where it exists. This is where it makes its statement. “



All 8 Peter Zumthor Quotes about Architecture in picture


I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don
I work a little bit like a sculptor. When I start, my first idea for a building is with the material. I believe architecture is about that. It


Architecture to me is whole. I cannot say I only care about this 25% and the other 75% I let go... it
Architecture is exposed to life. If its body is sensitive enough, it can assume a quality that bears witness to past life.
In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings and speak its own language.
If you look at the Earth without architecture, it
There is still a real need for good quality architecture, not paper architecture, but the real stuff.
Architecture has its place in the concrete world. This is where it exists. This is where it makes its statement.