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2016 Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Symposium (ACS8) 1 of 3 Peter Zumthor’s Beautiful Silence Wendy Redfield Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana [email protected] “To me, buildings can have a beautiful silence that I associate with attributes such as composure, self-evidence, durability, presence, and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well; a building that is being itself, being a building, not representing anything, just being.” -Peter Zumthor, from “The Hard Core of Beauty” 2016 Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Symposium (ACS8) 2 of 3 Dreams, energy, emanations; presence, density, atmosphere; memories, permanence, concentration; transcendence, being, silence: these are words the architect Peter Zumthor has used consistently and in recurring fashion throughout his writings on architecture. In describing his creative process, he speaks in terms that are closer to evoking a meditative state of contemplation, than descriptive of an explicit methodolog...