Secular Retreat – Peter Zumthor

Secular_Retreat_zumthor_1“Even atheists need a temple”, thinks Alain de Botton  and asked Peter Zumthor to design a retreat, an hermitage for nonbeliever without god in the South of England.

At a beautiful isolated site Zumthor designed a stone structure of five interlocking pavilions. It is a marriage of monolith stones and glass. A building that breathes the spirit of religious buildings but in absence of god. The building will be all about textures and the contrast between stone and glass.
“Hardcore-atheists”, however, are not really excited for Alain de Botton’s ideas. They accuse him of “being especially religious”.

The “Secular Retreat” should be realized in 2014.

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