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RIBA Celebrates Swiss With Zumthor, Olgiati Talks

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March 2009

Two world-reknowned Swiss architects, Valerio Olgiati and Peter Zumthor, will be giving talks this month at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

With London currently celebrating Switzerland's most famous architect, Le Corbusier, these talks offer an insight into the work of contemporary Swiss architects.

The Le Corbusier Season includes exhibitions, talks and events that complement the highly acclaimed exhibition Le Corbusier: the Art of Architecture, at the Barbican until May 24.


A 1:1 replica of the only building Le Corbusier built for his own use, his holiday hut, the Cabanon, is on display at the RIBA until 28 April, accompanied by a series of gallery talks.

Details of the contemporary Swiss talks are as follows:

Valerio Olgiati
March 24, 18.30, RIBA

Valerio Olgiati, Professor of Architecture at the Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana, discusses his work, including major architectural projects such as the schoolhouse in Paspels, the Yellow House in Flims, the new university in Lucerne and the museum for the Swiss National Park in Zernez, Switzerland.

Peter Zumthor Dreaming of Buildings to Come True
March 31, 18.30, RIBA

Peter Zumthor talks about his buildings which explore the tactile and sensory qualities of places, spaces and materials and his philosophical belief that architecture must be experienced first hand. In 1998, Zumthor received the Carlsberg Architecture Prize for his designs of the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria and the Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland.

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