Pritzker winner Peter Zumthor will be awarded the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal, according to Building Design. Known for his meticulously-wrought projects like the thermal baths in Vals, Switzerland, the Brother Klaus Field Chapel in Eifel, Germany, the Bregenz Kunsthall in Austria, and the witch trial memorial in Norway, Zumthor is now designing a major expansion at LACMA. “We debate each of the six shortlisted candidates in turn then look at their writing and their influence in acadaemia, but there wasn’t one clear person who stood out,” RIBA president Angela Brady told BD.
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Vorarlgerger Landesgalerie, Bregenz, Austria, 1997. (Helene Binet / Courtesy Pritzker Prize)
Zumthor was chosen for his body of work and his influence on architects around the world, which, given his singular status and almost hermit-like reputation, speaks to the power of his architecture.Thermal Bath Vals, Graubünden, Switzerland, 1996. (Helene Binet / Courtesy Pritzker Prize) Protective Housing for Roman Excavations, Chur, Graubünden, Switzerland, 1986 . (Helene Binet / Courtesy Pritzker Prize) Swiss Sound Box, Swiss Pavilion, Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany 2000 . (Helene Binet / Courtesy Pritzker Prize)