Peter Zumthor on Different Kinds of Silence
There are many influential forces on our thoughts on space, light, air, and sound that we draw upon when designing a retail concept and proposing a retail vision. Few have influenced our appreciation of environment as much as Architect Peter Zumthor. In this extensive and rare biographical video interview he tells the captivating story of his childhood, his studies in NYC and his parents’ strong influence.
Zumthor – who works from the small town of Haldenstein in Switzerland – likes being outside the big centres of the world, as it frees him of having to consider the opinions of his fellow colleagues: “If you work like an artist, you need your own separate space.” He does, however, also work well in the “anonymous sound” of a city, where it is also possible to find calm in “a protective ocean of sound.” There are, Zumthor feels, different kinds of silence, and finding one’s mental silence – being able to concentrate – is what is most important in order to work well.
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