What would European architecture—or the European novel—be without the sanatorium? These structures, purpose built throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries to help tubercular patients recuperate, not only contributed to the foundation for Modernist architecture, but came to symbolize a now-lost pre-war Europeanness: they were places where one went to deliberately absent oneself from the world. By the 1950s, the war was over, tuberculosis was treatable, and these palaces, where one came to stroll, take the waters, and rest, were abandoned. Which, of course, leads us to ask: Isn't the sanatorium more relevant than ever? Not to escape TB, of course, but to escape our lives. These are the thermal baths at Switzerland's @7132hotel
, designed by Peter Zumthor in 1996 with walls of glittering gray quartzite. The beautiful story, by @aliceagregory
, is up now, as are the gorgeous photographs by @FabriceFouillet.
And read more in our Men's Fashion Issue, on stands March 4. #tmagazine #peterzumthor