Peter Zumthor . photos: © John Pawson
Secular Retreat shot by John Pawson.
Elemental simplicity on a Devon hilltop
As the sightlines to the house open up for the first time, it is the tenderness of the encircling trees that strikes. Closer to, the sensuous, frozen fluidity of the texture, tone and pattern of its surfaces fills the visual field, always in intimate counterpoint with the crisp articulation of the forms. And as one passes around and through, it is the intensity of intention, expressed in the precise configuration of mass and transparency, that settles deep in one’s thoughts.