Peter Zumthor's Vals Baths

Peter Zumthor's Vals Baths

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Regina Yunghans
Mar 24, 2008

Architect Peter Zumthor's Baths at the Vals Thermal Spa in Vals, Switzerland are a real lesson in restraint, tranquility, and ceremony...

The baths are constructed of over 60,000 stone slabs of Valser Quartzite, which was quarried only 2 kilometers from the building site. At the Vals Thermal Spa there is an ice bath, a fire bath, and outdoor and indoor pools - all bathing the user in thermal treats for the senses. It looks like the setting is just beautiful: Vals is set in a mountain valley, pictured at left.

Maybe in our own home baths, we're all striving to capture the essence of escape and calm offered by baths like these at Vals? (re-edited from 2007-03-12, RY)

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