Friday, July 24, 2009

Spa Design | Vals, Switzerland | Peter Zumthor

"When we look at objects or buildings which seem to be at peace within themselves, our perception becomes calm and dulled. The objects we perceive have no message for us, they are simply there. Our perceptive faculties grow quiet, unprejudiced and unacquisitive. They reach beyond signs and symbols, they are open, empty. It is as if we could see something on which we cannot focus our consciousness. Here, in this perceptual vacuum, a memory may surface, a memory which seems to issue from the depths of time." With these words, the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor describes the feeling he manages to arouse in the spa he built in Vals.
Text and images from: OWI
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