The Secular Retreat

I left Venice in order to spend the weekend at The Secular Retreat, Peter Zumthor’s magnificently monumental holiday home, isolated on a hill in rural Devon with spectacular views across open, rolling, farming country – both luxurious and austere, a combination of a Greek temple and Stonehenge, with huge columns made out of rough, rammed concrete, mostly glass walls and a flat, concrete roof, based presumably on the experience of the Thermal Baths at Vals, which I haven’t seen:-


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