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Design Dialogues No. 34

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor discusses his two recent Norwegian Projects

On February 17, Surface hosted the 34th installment of our Design Dialogues series, this time featuring February issue cover subject and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor. The designer spoke with architecture critic Paul Goldberger at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. More than 300 guests, including architects, designers, and the institution’s supporters had gathered as Surface Media editorial director and editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey welcomed the audience and introduced Nina Berre, director of architecture at the National Museum in Norway, who spoke about the country’s National Tourist Routes.

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Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34
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Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Editor-In-Chief, Surface Magazine Spencer Bailey attends Surface Presents Peter Zumthor and Paul Goldberger at Guggenheim Museum on February 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Surface)
Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Paul Goldberg, Peter Zumthor and Spencer Bailey attend Surface Presents Peter Zumthor and Paul Goldberger at Guggenheim Museum on February 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Surface)
Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Director Architecture at Nasjonalmuseet Nina Berre attends Surface Presents Peter Zumthor and Paul Goldberger at Guggenheim Museum on February 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Surface)
Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Stephanie Goto attends Surface Presents Peter Zumthor and Paul Goldberger at Guggenheim Museum on February 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Surface)
Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Director Architecture at Nasjonalmuseet Nina Berre attends Surface Presents Peter Zumthor and Paul Goldberger at Guggenheim Museum on February 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Surface)
Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Surface Presents Design Dialogues No. 34

Following Berre, Zumthor gave a presentation on his two projects in Norway: the Steilneset Memorial for the victims of the witch trials in Vardø and the recently completed Zinc Mine Museum, in Allmannajuvet. After his lecture, in a conversation with Goldberger, the architect said of his approach to designing memorials, “We should remember with lightness, not with heaviness.” The two also discussed things such as the importance of intuition in architecture, building in New York City, and his dream commission (a chamber music hall on the water).

Special thanks to Surface event partners the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland, Swissnex, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Voss Water.


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