Peter Zumthor : Bruder Klaus field chapel


Well, architectural ninja extraordinaire Peter Zumthor has done it again – creating a masterpiece of simplicity and elegance in the Bruder Klaus field chapel [completed last month].

Constructed by local farmers using a technique Zumthor calls ‘rammed concrete’, the chapel’s form was created by erecting a structure of converging tree trunks, with an oculus at the top. 12 meter tall walls were then formed around this tree structure – by the farmers pouring 50cm of concrete every day for 24 days [which gave the the chapel its striations]. When the last of the concrete was finished curing, the tree trunks within the structure were burnt out – creating the INCREDIBLE interior shown below.


And hey, who knows – maybe someone will shoot a hiphop video in this project too…

::images from the Thomas Mayer archive, project via architechnophilia::

Posted: June 12th, 2007
at 7:30am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please,interiors,featured ninjas

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  2. hello.
    I am student of architecture in my second year in Tel-aviv university. I have a project about Bruder Klaus field chapel of Peter Zumthor, and I would like you to send me some virtual material like, photos of the building process, video ect.
    I am deeply thankful,
    Magnenia Kabada.

    Magnenia Kabada

    20 Dec 07 at 7:48 pm


  3. soooo incredible. I am studying landscape architecture at the University of Virginia and am very interested if you have any information on what type of tree was used (species)

    kelly reed

    3 Mar 10 at 8:11 pm



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