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Thermal Vals For Hotel Thermal Vals In Graubhunden Canton, Switzerland, Peter Zumthor Jan 1996

Thermal Vals For Hotel Thermal Vals In Graubhunden Canton, Switzerland, Peter Zumthor

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Material of interest: Stone

Material used: Valser quartzite slab

Properties of material: Locally quarried Valser quartzite slabs are used on the exterior walls of the building. these slabs create thermal mass for the structure as well as enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the building.


Vals Thermal Baths, Peter Zumthor Jan 1996

Vals Thermal Baths, Peter Zumthor

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Material of interest: Valser Quartzrite.

Properties of material: This stone unique to the area has an unique blend of quartz and feldspar crystals giving it a green hue.


The Therme Vals, Peter Zumthor Jan 1996

The Therme Vals, Peter Zumthor

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The idea was to create a form of cave or quarry like structure. Working with the natural surroundings the bath rooms lay below a grass roof structure half buried into the hillside. The Therme Vals is built from layer upon layer of locally quarried Valser Quarzite slabs. This stone became the driving inspiration for the design, and is used with great dignity and respect.