A town of Germans hate Peter Zumthor’s pants

Peter Zumthor gate design for Isny Germany

Peter Zumthor gate design for Isny Germany

The small,┬ábavarian town of Isny, Germany does not want a giant pair of glass pants welcoming people to their town. I know this because recently a majority of the townsfolk have voted to block the design of Peter Zumthor from moving forward. The town invited Zumthor to design an entry gate for their town, except once the design of the gate was revealed the townspeople came up with various nicknames including “glass underpants” and “giant molar.” Now the town has voted to kill the project, which is sad because a project from one of the most celebrated practicing architects has died. Still, it’s hard to look at a model of the project and see anything other than a pair of pants. Surely, in the hands of Zumthor, it would have been the best giant pair of glass pants anyone could have imagined.

February 22, 2012