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We constantly look for interesting examples of structures and wood ceilings and we now focus on the architect Peter Zumthor.

Zumthor is a well-known Swiss architect. Born in 1943, he received the Pritzker Prize in 2009. He was a cabinet maker before he became an architect. That is why the use of wood in the structures of buildings, with wood slats on the walls and wood ceilings characterises some of his first and most emblematic works.

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Saint Benedict Chapel, in Sumvitg in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland: The wood ceilings in this Chapel, supported by a ring of vertical wood columns are truly spectacular. A great example of simplicity and beauty of the most craftsmanlike Zumthor. It was the year 1989. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

Bruder Klaus Chapel: Rather than just having wood ceilings or wood slats, in this case the wood is used for building purposes. In this work of 2007, located in Mechernich (Germany), Zumthor used a formwork of wood logs arranged in the manner of a teepee, which he then overlaid with concrete. He then burned the trunks leaving their mark on the texture of the concrete. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

Steilneset Memorial for the Victims of the Witch Trials in Vardø, Norway: a joint work of Zumthor and the artist Louise Bourgeois, which was opened in 2011. The structure, interiors and wood ceilings result in a very special building designed to remember the execution of 91 people for witchcraft in the 17th century. Photos on our albums on Pinterest, Facebook and Google+.

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Photo: Autor: Rory HydeLicencia Creative Commons

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