On Day Fifteen, we scrambled home from Ronchamp through the ever-present tunnels that support Switzerland’s highway system…until we got to Gotthard Pass. Here, we chose to go over this section of the Alps instead of through them. The winding, narrow road (an engineering feat in itself) lead to a sensory reward—a landscape of glacial pools and lingering snow patches (along with the necessary drop in temperature!).
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Our second destination was the delightful city of Bregenz, Austria, where we visited Kuntzhaus Bregenz, a commission that Zumthor won by competition in 1992. The glass sheathed, double-walled museum and its simple black concrete annex building were completed in 1996, adding to a row of cultural institutions along the city’s major roadway.
Last stop: Vaduz, to see the yellow brick-wrapped Parliament building completed in 2000, an anchor in an administrative complex that includes the National Archives building. This project was completed in the year immediately following Zumthor’s receiving the coveted Pritzker Prize in 2009.
…or at least, his accessible work! Mathematically half way through our study tour, we ventured north and east, visiting sites in three countries—all German-speaking. In search of quintessential Peter Zumthor projects (one each from three decades of work), we traveled through the Alps to Chur, Switzerland; Bregenz, Austria; and Vaduz, Liechtenstein, to see work in wood, glass, and brick, respectively. The ride back was a bit nerve-wracking—rain, fog and heavy traffic challenged us all the way from Vaduz back to Vico….but it was worth the ride for the intellectual content we gained!
First stop was to see Zumthor’s Museum for Roman Ruins in Chur (pronounced “Kur”). Completed in 1986, the building showcases and shelters ruins discovered during a construction project in Zumthor’s home region of Graubüden, Switzerland.