La casa come luogo di decifrazione dello spazio naturale.

Christian Norberg Schulz e Hans van der Laan

Tiziana Proietti 

“Sensibilia. Genius Loci”, n. 9, Mimesis, 2015, pp. 275-298

The house refers to the most primitive act of delimitation of a portion of the natural space aimed at making nature habitable and therefore physically, sensorially and intellectually accessible by human beings. In the work of both architects Norberg-Schulz and Van der Laan the house is the highest representation of the built environment. The place where the unlimited nature is decoded and presented to human senses and cognition.

In 1976 the Norwegian architect Christian Norberg-Schulz (1926-2000) published his well-known Genius Loci, by bringing attention back on the intuitive experience of inhabiting spaces directly related to the place that hosts them. Just one year later Dutch architect and Benedictine monk Hans van der Laan (1904- 1991) published the result of a life-research on the Plastic Number with the title The Architectonic Space (1977), by focusing on human ways of perceiving, experiencing and understanding the natural space by means of the built environment. Two theoretical contributions, similar but independent, investigated back the very origins of architecture. This article examines the two positions, compares their theory and resulting architecture by investigating the innate potential of architecture to make nature manifest to human beings.

The house refers to the most primitive act of delimitation of a portion of the natural space aimed at making nature habitable and therefore physically, sensorially and intellectually accessible by human beings. In the work of both architects Norberg-Schulz and Van der Laan the house is the highest representation of the built environment. The place where the unlimited nature is decoded and presented to human senses and cognition.

In 1976 the Norwegian architect Christian Norberg-Schulz (1926-2000) published his well-known Genius Loci, by bringing attention back on the intuitive experience of inhabiting spaces directly related to the place that hosts them. Just one year later Dutch architect and Benedictine monk Hans van der Laan (1904- 1991) published the result of a life-research on the Plastic Number with the title The Architectonic Space (1977), by focusing on human ways of perceiving, experiencing and understanding the natural space by means of the built environment. Two theoretical contributions, similar but independent, investigated back the very origins of architecture. This article examines the two positions, compares their theory and resulting architecture by investigating the innate potential of architecture to make nature manifest to human beings.

La casa come luogo di decifrazione dello spazio naturale.

Christian Norberg Schulz e Hans van der Laan

Tiziana Proietti 

“Sensibilia. Genius Loci”, n. 9, Mimesis, 2015, pp. 275-298