Chur Bahnhofstrasse 35
Peter Zumthor in partnership with
P.Calonder and H.J. Ruch 1981-1990
Zumthor's project was the renovation and
remodeling of Villa Planta and Sulserbau, with a new connecting passage.
There are three additions to
the Villa Planta: a foyer and cafeteria at the entrance, a bridge
connecting the villa with a neighboring building, and a new gallery space
Entering the building, the focus becomes
the long perspective created by the bridge, which connects villa Planta
with the the former building of the museum of natural history. This bridge
is a covered ramp that articulates the different geometries of the
buildings' plans and the height difference between their main levels. The
bridge is made out of wood and glass but the construction details resemble
those of a metal framework.
The effect is further enhanced by
painting all the wooden elements in a matt silver color. The surfaces
become soft to the eye and the touch without losing their elegance and
sharpness of line. Viewed from the either side the bridge feels more like
a tunnel, only the lines of light on the floor uncover the openings which
are at first hidden because of the depth of the window frames relative to
the width of the glass elements.
The underground galleries display
contemporary art. Resembling a small maze made out of thick white walls
and polished cement floor, the spaces have no doors: the rooms are
connected by openings which are framed with a thick metal plate, producing
an effect that is elegant and cold and at the same time claustrophobic.