The first title in the AA series focusing on "Exemplary Projects", this book features the work of Swiss architect, Peter Zumthor. It documents the making of a thermal bath in the alpine village of Vals. The design for the bath was guided by the ideas of building with stone, building into the mountain and being beside the mountain. The interior resembles a geometric cave system; walls are formed of layers of local stone; water-channels appear chiselled out of rock. During 1996, Peter Zumthor is involved in two major projects outside his own region: the "Topography of the Terror" (Holocaust Museum) in Berlin, and the new Art Museum in Bregenz.