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Peter Zumthor, Therme Vals


The Therme Vals, an architect project from Peter Zumthor won the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2009. Therme Vals is a hotel and spa complex in Vals, built in Swithzerland. there are over 1000 beds  and the naturally occurring thermal springs.

The idea was to create a form of cave or quarry like structure, working with the natural surroundings  around the built location. The Therme Vals is designed for luxury  and bath.

Peter Zumthor, Kolumba Museum, Cologne


The Kolumba is an art museum in Cologne, Germany. It is one of the oldest museum in the city. The museum was founded by the Society of Christian Art in 1853 and brought over and constructed in 1989. During WWII  the building was destroy and was restructure by Zumthor with the ruins that was left over after the war.

There are collections of paintings, drawings, prints sculptures, and decorative art.

Peter Zumthor, Bregenz Kunsthaus


Zumthor built  the Kunsthaus Bregenz between 1990 to 1997, located in Austrain Federal State of Vorarlberg.  The Kunsthaus Bregenz is one of Europe’s leading galleries for contemporary art. The building is an art museum, which stands in the light of Lake Constance. With its many widows, the lake give life to the building, bring life to the building.

Peter Zumthor, Bruder Kaus Chapel


The Bruder Klaus Chapel located in Mechernich, Germany, was fomred by setting a wigwam of rough hewn trunks within a concrete block, 112 tree trunks.

The Chapel started as a sketch and eventually was built by local farmers who wanted to honor their patrons saint, Bruder Klaus.  The first step of the building  is a riding trunks tha shuttering will have to endure later reinforced concrete, the formwork without completely cover up the 12m high. Inside the Chapel is  the trunks that was once consumed leaving a space that is burnt, providing a great view of the charcoal.

Peter Zumthor, Saint Benedict Chapel

Saint Benedict Chapel


The Saint Benedict Chapel located in the village of Sumvitg, Graubunden was designed and build in 1988.  The chapel was built in a small village in 1984, but was rebuilt in 1988 due to an avalanche.

Zumthor used modern materials to rebuild the chapel in a cylindar-shaped chapel. The interior space is mainly made out of wood showing Zumthor’s craftsmanship . Saint Benedict Chapel was built in the form of AD Classic style.

Philbrook Museum, Tulsa OK

Philbrook Museum


Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK is an art museum. Outside the Philbrook Museum is a garden with a pond. It’s very beautiful and full of attraction as you walk around.  In the front of the museum, there is a huge stairway that leads inside to the building. Whenever you are in Tulsa, definitely go check and tour the museum.

BOK Center, Tulsa OK



The BOK Center, or Bank of Oklahoma Center is located in Downtown Tulsa. The BOK is designed to accommodate arena such as hockey, basketball, concerts, and other events. The BOK has many architectural themes combine in one, such as Native American, Art Deco, and Contemporary styles.  There are swirling circular elements inside and outside the building. Inside and in the heart of the BOK is an arena where events are preformed. On one half side of the BOK has an huge open glass widow which is great for viewing the city.

Everything when I’m in Tulsa, my friends and I will go Downtown on the weekends and chill. Whenever I exit the highway, I will see the BOK Center surrounded by other tall and magnificent buildings. If there is an event that involves the BOK Center, definitely  go and check it out.

CityPlex Tower Tulsa, OK

8051CityPlex Towers is one of Oklahoma’s biggest business building located in Tulsa. CityPlex Towers is consist of three separate buildings with a triangular building connected to the tallest tower. The CityPlex offers huge amount of spacing and offices. The tallest tower has 60 levels with a wonderful view of the city of Tulsa.

CityPlex Tower in the triangular building is where my high school prom was held, plus I attended  a wedding reception on the 60th floor. CityPlex Tower is a place that you have to check it out.

Bizzell Memorial Library, OU



The Bizzell Memorial Library, is one of the coolest building on the University of Oklahoma Campus.  It was designed by the architecture firm Layton Hicks & Forsyth constructed in 1929, built in the Classic Gothic Style. Bizzell Memorial Library is located at the heart of the OU campus.

One of my favorite room in the Bizzell Memorial Library is the Helmerich Great Reading Room. By the sound of its name, the Helmerich Great Reading Room is a huge spacious study room with many desks and books. This room is so quite that you can hear your pen click or you typing on your keyboard. The Great Reading Room is a great place for studying, especial when you really want to stay focus with minimal distraction.

First Presbyterian Church, Tulsa OK

The First Presbyterian

There are a lot of attractive buildings/churches in Downtown Tulsa, but there is a church that I toured, the First Presbyterian Church. The size of this church and the way it is designed caught my attention. The church is huge with many triangular arches. There are colorful stain-glasses all around and inside the Church. If I recall, the church has 4 levels.

The Church was first organized in 1885. Over the course of time, the Church was remodel with additions and rebuild, increasing the sizes and levels of the Church. I would assume that the Church’s architecture style is the Art Deco.  The architecture  style seems to have a luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress. The First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa undergo a lot of changes to become a place of worship and attraction.