Lifting the spirit – architecture in the noughties

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Stephen Bayley – in the Guardian – summarises the design of the noughties.

“Meanwhile, hideous muddy holes disfigure the City of London: groundwork for vainglorious property developments that will never be built. So it is pleasant to record that two of the best buildings of the century so far have a sacred character.”

For him, the standout pieces are John Pawson’s monastery at Novy Dvur in Bohemia.

John Pawson - Novy Dvur Monastery

John Pawson - Novy Dvur Monastery

And Peter Zumthor’s memorial chapel at Wachendorf in Germany.

Memorial chapel - willem-jan.beeren on Flickr

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