Peter Zumthor’s first building in the UK, house “Secular Retreat” in Devon

As a part of Living Architecture program, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor has completed a holiday home titled ‘Secular Retreat’ set on a hilltop amongst the rolling pastures in South Devon, England. The retreat will be the Pritzker Prize-winning architect’s first permanent building in the UK.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

 

In South Devon, between the resorts of Salcombe and Hallsands lies a landscape of rolling hills, wooded river valleys, patchwork fields and small villages of old stone houses. It is here Living Architecture invited one of the greatest architects in the world, Peter Zumthor, to create Secular Retreat.


 

Project data

“Secular Retreat” house in Devon
Atelier Peter Zumthor and Partner

Project team: Peter Zumthor, Rainer Weitschies, Pascal Berchtold, Tom Tsapkov, Anna Page
Executive architect (phase 1): Mole Architects
Local architectural advisor (concept phase): David Sheppard Architects
Construction management: Simon Cannon
Structural engineer: Jane Wernick Associates
Quantity surveyor: KM Dimensions
Environmental design engineers: Transsolar and Integration UK
Landscape design and consultant: The Rathbone Partnership

 


Positioned on a lower level within the garden, Secular Retreat is partly concealed behind the reinstated natural field boundaries. Only as guests approach along the sweeping pathway is the full extent of this extraordinary house revealed.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

 

Guests enter beneath the massive overhang of the cantilevered white concrete roof. As they move through the fully glazed large open-plan living area, the beauty of this remarkable location and interior becomes apparent.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

 

The magnificent views are best enjoyed from bespoke armchairs perfectly positioned to become transfixed by the procession of clouds moving across the South Devon landscape, and watching the sun set over the valley below. However, the writing desk, situated in a semi-hidden nook, may just have the best view, an intimate place for contemplation and putting one’s thoughts onto paper.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

 

The living area is where guests come together to prepare food in the thoughtfully designed kitchen, eat at the large dining table or gather around the fireplace. When in need of some privacy, for an afternoon nap or a soak in the timber bath, they can choose from five generously sized bedrooms each with an en-suite bathroom. Each bedroom takes advantage of the stunning location, with full-height windows onto the nearby gardens and landscape. Wake in the morning to see birds of prey scouting the valley below, take a coffee into the east garden, settle on a bench with a book or take a stroll among the Monterey Pines surrounding the house.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Jack Hobhouse

 

Secular Retreat is a very special house that must be experienced to appreciate the insight and sensitivity Peter Zumthor and Living Architecture have brought to this breath-taking landscape.

 

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Peter Zumthor

Secular Retreat house, Living Architecture, Peter Zumthor © Peter Zumthor

 



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“Universo Futurista” at Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation

Through an extraordinary variety of works by the Fondazione Cirulli, the exhibition itinerary proposes “settings” dedicated to themes relevant to futurists such as speed, energy, progress, mechanized man and home design, organized around five units main structures: the air conquer room, the wall of posters, the “constellations”, the “orbits” and the “spaces”.

 

Bruno Munari, Momenti d’un lancio con il salvagente aereo, 1930 ca., fotomontaggio b/n, cm 15×21. Veduta della mostra “Universo futurista” presso Fondazione Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO), 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO).

Bruno Munari, Momenti d’un lancio con il salvagente aereo, 1930 ca., fotomontaggio b/n, cm 15×21. Veduta della mostra “Universo futurista” presso Fondazione Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO), 2018. Courtesy Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli, S. Lazzaro di Savena (BO).

 

Last April, in San Lazzaro di Savena, a few kilometers from Bologna, the Massimo and Sonia Cirulli Foundation opened to the public, a new Italian private institution based on a historical archive dedicated to the Italian culture of the twentieth century, launched in New York in 1984 by its founders, Massimo and Sonia Cirulli and which today has a collection of some thousands of pieces. (more…)

Assemble completes London’s Goldsmiths Art Centre

Assemble were commissioned by Goldsmiths, University of London, to create a new public art gallery within the Grade II listed former Victorian bathhouse at Laurie Grove, New Cross. The 1000m2 building accommodates seven new gallery spaces, a café, curators’ studio and event space.

 

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art © Assemble

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art © Assemble

 

As a critical testing ground for exploration and discussion, Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art will be a significant cultural resource for students, artists and the wider public, offering a diverse programme focused on exhibitions, events and education. (more…)

“Francis Kéré. Primary elements” at ICO Museum Madrid

An exhibition dedicated to the African architect whose architecture has received great acclaim and has won numerous awards thanks to the development of innovative strategies that combine traditional materials and construction techniques with the most advanced engineering technologies.

 

Gando School Library @ Francis Kéré

Gando School Library @ Francis Kéré

 

Francis Kéré has developed innovative strategies that combine materials and traditional construction methods with modern engineering techniques. Since the establishment of his own practice in 2005, his work has reappeded a great recognition, with prizes like the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, the Marcus Prize, Global Holcim Gold Award, and the SchellingArchitecture Award. (more…)

“Infinito Vão — 90 Years of Brazilian Architecture” at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

“Infinito Vão” is the first initiative born out of Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Centre of Architecture’s permanent archive. Work began two years ago, when Casa decided to build its own archive by bringing together, and curating, different collections on a particular territory and timespan.

 

Rosa Kliass and Cauduro Martino Avenida Paulista, São Paulo (1973) Casa da Arquitectura Collection

Rosa Kliass and Cauduro Martino, Avenida Paulista, São Paulo (1973) Casa da Arquitectura Collection

 

Curated by Fernando Serapião and Guilherme Wisnik, the Brazil Collection — the first collection exclusively comprised of non-Portuguese projects — shows the diversity of architectural production from modernity to contemporaneity across 90 years of Brazilian architecture. Its rich and original collection includes 103 projects, with more than 4,700 physical pieces and 45,500 digital pieces — texts, sketches, drawings and models, donated by more than 150 donors —, to which 150 of Casa da Arquitectura’s books and publications were added, along with digital documents and authorised facsimiles given to us by several governmental, educational and cultural institutions, both public and private. These allow us to create a unique documentary base, and to foster new readings on Brazil’s architectural output from the 1920s to the present day. (more…)

“New Architectures in South Tyrol 2012 – 2018” at Merano Arte

An international jury will select about 40 projects coming from the entire territory with special emphasis on the most important buildings. The international experts’ attention to architectural developments will focus on South Tyrol by offering at the same time, a comparison within international standards. Partner of the Südtiroler Künstlerbund and South Tyrolean Architecture Foundation project.

 

Walter Angonese & Studio Marastoni, The collectors house, 2013, Bolzano. Photo: Richard Wett

Walter Angonese & Studio Marastoni, The collectors house, 2013, Bolzano. Photo: Richard Wett

 

After its first exhibition in Meran, the itinerary show will be proposed also to other institutions. On the occasion of the third edition of the architecture exhibition “Recent Architectures in South Tyrol: 2012-2018”, an exhaustive trilingual catalogue will be published. From 29th September on, Kunst Meran, the Südtiroler Künstlerbund and the Architekturstiftung Südtirol the third edition of “New Architecture in South Tyrol”. For the third time since the issues of 2006 and 2012, an international group of experts will be looking at the past six years of South Tyrolean construction business in 2018. Out of nearly 240 submitted and nominated projects, a pre-selection of about 80 interesting buildings was made and these were then visited in the course of a several-day trip on site. (more…)

“Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)” the work of Julio Vilamajó at The Aram Gallery

During London Design Festival 2018, The Aram Gallery is pleased to host ‘Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)’ – an exhibition of new Uruguayan design based on the work of modernist architect Julio Vilamajó.

 

"Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)" Julio Vilamajó © Julio Vilamajó

“Hilos Invisibles (Invisible Threads)” Julio Vilamajó © Julio Vilamajó

 

In 2017, designer Matteo Fogale held a collaborative workshop as part of a residency at the Vilamajó House Museum in Montevideo, Uruguay. The house was designed in 1930 by prominent Uruguayan architect Julio Vilamajó, who with Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, was a design consultant for the UN Headquarters in New York. (more…)

“Transform” exhibition, Lacaton & Vassal at S AM Basel

For this show, three independent positions have been selected: “99¢ Space” by agps in Santa Ynez (USA), “Cité du Grand Parc” by Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin in Bordeaux (France) and the front structure for “Halle 118” by Baubüro in situ in Winterthur (Switzerland).

 

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

Lacaton & Vassal: Cité du Grand Parc © Philippe Ruault

 

Today, the half-life of buildings is decreasing rapidly. When their function changes, they are often simply replaced. However, criticism of this spatial throwaway culture is growing. An ever-increasing number of architects are once again investigating structures’ potential for transformation and, in their reinterpretation, discovering scope for experimentation. To address this topic, the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum is presenting the exhibition “Transform” from the 29th of September to the 4th of November 2018.  (more…)

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect” at El Patio Herreriano, Valladolid

A select compilation of the work of the architect Roberto Valle, in the form of plans and models. The exhibition, which has been presented by the Councilor for Culture and Tourism, Ana María Redondo, and the architect himself, has the collaboration of the College of Architects of Valladolid.

 

"Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect" © Patio Herreriano

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect” © Patio Herreriano

 

The contents of the exhibition featured the resources that the architect uses during his creative work, a very complex process that begins with the intellectual construction of the first ideas, which are conceived and matured in the brain, until its realization and real construction later, using different tools. The intellectual construction is very complex and in it many variables determined by knowledge and sensitivity intervene, in an almost oceanic dimension by extension and depth. The exhibition includes a selection of works and architecture projects carried out between 1977 and 2017.


 

Practical Information

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect”
September 14 – November 4, 2018
Museo del Patio Herreriano
Calle Jorge Guillén, 6, Valladolid
Spain

 


The exhibition, linked to the events of the World Day of Architecture, aims to bring citizens closer to the work of one of the most relevant architects. The Patio Herreriano Museum is undoubtedly the ideal setting to communicate the artistic virtues of Roberto Valle’s projects, establishing a dialogue between exhibited and exhibition architectures that will remain open to the public between September 14 and November 4, 2018.

 

"Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect" © Patio Herreriano

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect” © Patio Herreriano

"Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect" © Patio Herreriano

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect” © Patio Herreriano

 

ROBERTO VALLE GONZÁLEZ

Valle González, is an architect, licensed by the E.T.S. of Architecture of Madrid. Professor of the School of Architecture of Valladolid from 1976 to 1987. Academic number of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valladolid. He was born in Maside (Ourense) and develops his work in Castilla y León. Throughout his professional career he has carried out several projects in the field of architecture, urban planning and design of furniture and other objects.

Among his works we can mention The Ethnographic Museum of Castilla y León in Zamora, the Peñafiel Wine Museum, the remodeling of Campo Grande Station in Valladolid, the Museum of the Roman Villas of Almenara, the Bread Museum in Mayorga, the Rehabilitation of the Zorrilla Theater in Valladolid, the Rural Inn of Quintanilla, the Montecastro Wineries, the rehabilitation of the Monastery of Matallana, the Geriatric Residence of Cabezón, the Adaptation of the Castle of Fuensaldaña for the Center of the Castles, etc. These works have received national and international awards and recognitions such as:

Europa Nostra 2004 Prize for the Museum of Roman Villas. 2002 National Architecture Award from the Dragados Foundation and the CEOE Foundation. Nominated for the Prize of Contemporary Architecture of the European Union-Mies Van Der Rohe Prize 7th edition by the Wine Museum. Arpa Regional Prize 2004. Architecture Prize of the years 1990-91 of the College of Architects of Valladolid. First Architecture Prize of Castilla y León for the work of Pools in Mota del Marqués. Finalist of the 2000 FAD Awards for the Wine Museum. Restoration Award 2001-02 of the Associations of Architects of Castilla y León. Castilla y León Architecture Award of the IV ENOR prizes.

 

"Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect" © Patio Herreriano

“Roberto Valle. The resources of the architect” © Patio Herreriano

 

The works have been published in various magazines and books such as: Ardi, Punto y Plano, Arquitectura, Arte y Diseño, Arquitectura Viva, Magazine ON Diseño, Habitat y Construcción, AC Arquitectura y Construcción, EC Equipamientos Culturales, Argaya, Detalle 2772, DB . Deutsche Bauzeitung, Bauwelt, Techniques & Architecture, Casabella, old buildings in search of a new use, Architettura e Vino, Electa, Valladolid Land of Wines, Building with Steel, Architecture in Spain 1993-2007, Architecture of Rehabilitation, ENOR, Master Key , Roberto Valle: Works and Projects in the Diputación de Valladolid. Emotion, Essence of Space in Architecture. His works have been present in exceptions, and that of 2016 was monographic about the works for the Diputación de Valladolid. He has given lectures in institutions and schools at the School of Architecture of Cagliari (Sardinia).


 

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“Renzo Piano. The Art of Making Buildings” at the Royal Academy of Arts

This illuminating exhibition follows Piano’s career, from the influence of his Genoese heritage and his rise to acclaim alongside friend and collaborator Richard Rogers, to current projects still in the making. Focusing on 16 key buildings, it explores how the Renzo Piano Building Workshop designs buildings “piece by piece”, making deft use of form, material and engineering to achieve a precise and yet poetic elegance.

 

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2015. © RPBW. Photography: Nic Lehoux.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2015. © RPBW. Photography: Nic Lehoux.

 

From The Shard in London to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the buildings of Renzo Piano have enriched cities across the globe. We reveal the vision and invention behind his pioneering work, showing how architecture can touch the human spirit. United by a characteristic sense of lightness, and an interplay between tradition and invention, function and context, Piano’s buildings soar in the public imagination as they do in our skylines. Counting the New York Times Building and the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Nouméa among his creations, he has cemented his place as one of the greatest architects of our times. (more…)