Centre Duerrenmatt, Neuchatel

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Mario Botta, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Peter Edwin Erismann, Thomas Flechtner
Birkhäuser, 2000 - Architecture - 176 pages
For 40 years, the Swiss writer, Friedrich DA1/4rrenmatt, committed his works to paper from his home which overlooked the beautiful lake NeuchA[tel in Switzerland. After DA1/4rrenmatt's death in 1991, Mario Botta began designing a museum which would be a monument to the writer, housing his drawings, paintings and literary artefacts. Skillfully built onto DA1/4rrenmatt's house, the Centre DA1/4rrenmatt is nearing completion and will be opened in autumn 2000. Officially endorsed by the Centre, this publication documents the complete realisation of the building, from its initial conception to the finished museum, using texts, drawings and plans from both DA1/4rrenmatt and Botta. These are accompanied by expressive photographs by Thomas Flechtner. The result is a fascinating appraisal of geographic beauty, genius loci and modern architectural skill sensitively fusing together.

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About the author (2000)

Botta is an internationally renowned architect. He designed San Francisco's new Museum of Modern Art.

Friedrich Durrenmatt was born in 1921 in the village of Konolfingen, near Berne, Switzerland. He wrote prolifically during the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, taking particular interest in human rights and the preservation of Israel. He is the author of numerous books published by the University of Chicago Press, including "The Pledge".

Thomas Flechtner completed the photography class at the Ecole d'arts appliquA(c)s in Vevey. He is a three-time recipient of the EidgenAssisches Stipendium (Swiss Federal Stipend) and winner of the first Foto-FArderpreis des Kantons Neuenburg (Canton Neuenburg Photography Award, 2004).

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