La ascención de Peter Zumthor| NY Times

Over lunch in Los Angeles some months ago, with the actor Tobey Maguire and his wife, Jennifer Meyer, Peter Zumthor was imperious, charming and a little reserved, as usual. The Swiss architect was in town to discuss a new design for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Maguire and Meyer had invited him out to persuade him to build a house for them. Having long avoided commissions for houses for the rich and famous, Zumthor, now 67, lately concluded that it might be nice to put aside a little nest egg. Besides, he could imagine leaving a mark on a city where plenty of other great architects had worked. So when coffee arrived, he promised to take a look at the property but asked that Maguire and Meyer make a tour of his work in Europe and afterward visit him at his studio in Haldenstein to talk about what they saw. Then he would decide if he could design their house — whether, in effect, they could be his clients….read article

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