Da Stonehenge a Vaals

La lezione di Van der Laan

Tiziana Proietti 

“Thema” n. 3, 2014, pp. 6-9

In his treatise The Architectonic Space (1977) Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) used Stonehenge for the exemplification of the fundamental principles of architectural practice. He defined the monument as the perfect synthesis of the human habitat and the ‘making of architecture’.

In Stonehenge Van der Laan traces back the construction of an architectonic space meant to host and evoke rituals through the disposition of massive elements that, at the same time, define the boundaries between the limited human space and the unlimited nature, and inform human gestures and movements thanks to the proportional relationship between parts and the whole.

This article analyzes Van der Laan’s theory and body of work while comparing Van der Laan’s interpretation of the ancient monument through a comparison with his architectonic masterpiece: the Saint Benedict Abbey in Vaals (1956-86).

In his treatise The Architectonic Space (1977) Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) used Stonehenge for the exemplification of the fundamental principles of architectural practice. He defined the monument as the perfect synthesis of the human habitat and the ‘making of architecture’.

In Stonehenge Van der Laan traces back the construction of an architectonic space meant to host and evoke rituals through the disposition of massive elements that, at the same time, define the boundaries between the limited human space and the unlimited nature, and inform human gestures and movements thanks to the proportional relationship between parts and the whole.

This article analyzes Van der Laan’s theory and body of work while comparing Van der Laan’s interpretation of the ancient monument through a comparison with his architectonic masterpiece: the Saint Benedict Abbey in Vaals (1956-86).

Da Stonehenge a Vaals

La lezione di Van der Laan

Tiziana Proietti 

“Thema” n. 3, 2014, pp. 6-9