Peter Zumthor & Gloria Cabral

Protégée Gloria Cabral visits the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria.

Protégée Gloria Cabral visits the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria.

Tranquillity pervades Peter Zumthor’s atelier in Haldenstein, eastern Switzerland.

Tranquillity pervades Peter Zumthor’s atelier in Haldenstein, eastern Switzerland.

For mentor Peter Zumthor, the essential aim is to design buildings that are, he says, “just being themselves, not representing anything else”.

For mentor Peter Zumthor, the essential aim is to design buildings that are, he says, “just being themselves, not representing anything else”.

Rolex mentor in architecture Peter Zumthor at his studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland.

Rolex mentor in architecture Peter Zumthor at his studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland.

Architecture protégée Gloria Cabral works with cardboard to create a model at Zumthor's studio in Haldenstein near Chur.

Architecture protégée Gloria Cabral works with cardboard to create a model at Zumthor's studio in Haldenstein near Chur.

Zumthor and his protégée Gloria Cabral working on their project for a tea chapel in South Korea.

Zumthor and his protégée Gloria Cabral working on their project for a tea chapel in South Korea.

A preliminary sketch of the tea chapel.

A preliminary sketch of the tea chapel.

Cabral accompanied Zumthor to South Korea to examine a site for a tea chapel in a Catholic park.

Cabral accompanied Zumthor to South Korea to examine a site for a tea chapel in a Catholic park.

Zumthor and Gabral visited an exhibition in South Korea that helped them to understand the history and meaning of landscape and its importance in Taoism.

Zumthor and Gabral visited an exhibition in South Korea that helped them to understand the history and meaning of landscape and its importance in Taoism.

Zumthor visited Cabral’s architectural practice in Asunción, Gabinete de Arquitectura.

Zumthor visited Cabral’s architectural practice in Asunción, Gabinete de Arquitectura.

Zumthor was given a tour of buildings designed by the Gabinete de Arquitectura in Asunción, capital of Paraguay.

Zumthor was given a tour of buildings designed by the Gabinete de Arquitectura in Asunción, capital of Paraguay.

The garden at the Teletón Children’s Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre in Asunción, designed by Cabral’s practice, the Gabinete de Arquitectura.

The garden at the Teletón Children’s Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre in Asunción, designed by Cabral’s practice, the Gabinete de Arquitectura.

The Teletón Children’s Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre in Asunción has a therapy pool.

The Teletón Children’s Spinal Injuries Rehabilitation Centre in Asunción has a therapy pool.

 The back facade of the Casa abu & font, in Asunción, a building designed by Cabral’s practice, the Gabinete de Arquitectura.

The back facade of the Casa abu & font, in Asunción, a building designed by Cabral’s practice, the Gabinete de Arquitectura.