Zinc Mine Museum

Zinc Mine Museum

Peter Zumthor Architect

Zumthor was born in Basel Switzerland, the son of a cabinet-maker. He apprenticed to a carpenter in 1958 and studied at the Kunstgewererbeschule in his native city starting in 1963.

In 1966, Zumthor studied industrial design and architecture as an exchange student at Pratt Institute in New York. In 1968, he became conservationist architect for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubunden. This work on historic restoration projects gave him a further understanding of construction and the qualities of different rustic building materials. As his practice developed, Zumthor was able to incorporate his knowledge of materials into Modernist construction and detailing. His buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces and materials while retaining a minimalist feel.

Peter Zumthor is a Swiss architect whose work is frequently described as uncompromising and minimalist. Though managing a relatively small firm, he is the winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize and 2013 RIBA Royal Gold Medal. 


    Published on Sep 1, 2016

    The Allmannajuvet zinc mines are a disused mining works in Sauda. The mines were in operation from 1881 to 1899. During these years a total of 12,000 tonnes of zinc ore were extracted. Today, the mining area is a museum. The plain buildings in the gorge are designed in an industrial construction style to embody the story of the mines. The Allmannajuvet works will be completed in September 2016.

    Architect: Peter Zumthor
    Building manager: Statens vegvesen
    Main building contractor: Mesta