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Wood slats provide a special aspect in architectural designs and Peter Zumthor knew it.

As we already mentioned in one of our posts in July titled “Interiors and wood ceilings in the works of Peter Zumthor”, the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor was a cabinet maker prior to studying architecture in Switzerland and New York. The use of wood was very important in his work and, in some cases, this took the form of wood slats. Wood slats allow for combinations of light and shadow and play with air and currents, providing a feeling of lightness in walls. Wood slats provide value and they can turn any project into something special.

These are three works by Peter Zumthor where wood slats are the leading component:


- The Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2000 where Zumthor stacked planks and wood slats as if it were the warehouse of a carpentry or joinery. He used 45,000 pieces - untreated, natural planks and wood slatsassembled without glue or adhesive materials. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

- The Roman Archaeological Excavations Pavilion in Chur, the capital of the Swiss Canton of Graubünden. It was built in 1985-1986 to protect the Roman remains of Chur. It has no windows, but light and air enter the structure through the wood slats used to build the façades. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

- Zumthor Studio in Haldenstein, Canton of Graubünden, built as an extension of the architect”s residence. Again, wood slats in ash colours,... Zumthor in his purest form. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.


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