Gallery: NEW PHOTOS: A Secret Garden Blooms in Peter Zumthor’s 2011 Ser...

The garden, created by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, is the building's contemplative centerpiece. Its 250 square meters are planted with a great variety of flowering plants chosen for their size, color, and fragrance.

Photo by Danica Kus

The pavilion is classic Zumthor in its minimalism and modernist restraint, but the twist is in how the building pushes the envelope through subtractive design — it reduces aesthetic fetters and even light itself. Visitors are confronted with a simple black box with several entrances. A dark hallway proceeds toward sunlight at the end, which opens to the inner courtyard.


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  1. hotwaterfactory July 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    This architecture is great! It is a bit familiar though. It has the reminiscence of a cloister with the world outside excluded from the “monastic” life. The plants in the middle, the rhythm of shadows and lights. Even the outside black walls keep the world away with its noise and distractions.
    A fantastic intimate space where to dream and rest and where time doesn’t exist. Thanks to Peter Zumthor, London is not just a place where architecture needs to show off and scream aloud;
    “Little is Big”.

  2. ram June 30, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    My hat off! Zumthor’s pavilion is a brilliant execution of a concept. I hope there were more architects thinking alike.
    see my pavilion pictures here;

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