Peter Zumthor Phenomenology Essay

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Introduction This assignment is targeting our ability to investigate a topic and from that we are required to formulate an opinion on our findings. The topic chosen in my assignment is to discuss how phenomenology becomes a fundamental concern in the works of Peter Zumthor through both formal and special characteristics of his design of the Steilneset Witches Memorial in Norway. Firstly, in will give a brief description of the project, of the architect and the school of phenomenology. From that I will be addressing my findings on these topics. Peter Zumthor Peter Zumthor’s style of architecture perhaps epitomizes the principles of phenomenology, a belief system brought about by the philosophy of Martin Heidegger. Zumthor believes that to truly understand a building it needs to be experienced in person. Phenomenology Phenomenology is the study of the structures of our experience and our consciousness. This school was founded by Edmund Husserl and is based on the premise that our reality consists out of object and events as they are perceived…show more content…
This is how the space is perceived and experienced. Within this corridor, there are, along the length of it, 91 windows with light bulbs hanging behind them, creating a soft mottled light on the outside of the structure that represents the 91 men and women who were put to death during the Witches Trials. These windows amplify the significance that the user experiences when using the space. When inside, these lightbulbs seem to have a very dark visual. They give the feeling of these burning figures hanging there in the space, this ties in with the suspected witches being burnt to
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