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Peter Zumthor speaks to the Architects' Journal


Thanks for this. This is a nice interview. I was also at that lecture, and I would like to qualify the greatness of this architect with one observation - that compromise is as old as architecture itself. I went to see Alvaro Siza a few weeks before, one of the chief beaties about Siza for me is his ability to adapt in this regard. On the one hand, there is his Ibere in Brazil: the best client, craftsman, promoter possible. Then you have public buildings like his sports complex in Barcelona and in Gondomar Portugal. Because Zumthor does not engage with this world (the real world for most of us) he will never be as significant to me as Siza. He'll always be a bit of a luxury. Having said that, it is important that there are people like him, but we can't all be like that. Perhaps the greatest architect who ever lived, Michelangelo, had a career dogged and enhanced by compromise.

Posted date

16 April, 2009

Posted time

8:12 pm