Hans van der Laan

Viaggio a Roma 

Tiziana Proietti (Ed.)

CASTELVECCHI | ROME: 2017 

In February 1955 Dutch architect and Benedictine monk Hans van der Laan set off on a journey to reach Italy and visit Rome. The hours spent observing the ancient and modern architecture of the city left an indelible mark on the imagination of the architect determining the subsequent development of his works.

His travel diary – which is presented here for the first time to the world – documents every reflection, impression and experience offered by the complexity of the Roman architectural, cultural and ecclesiastical panorama.

Rome is transformed in Van der Laan’s diary into a rich and heterogeneous, familiar, modern but still primitive scenario. Throughout the pages there are reflections on human existence, man’s sensory and perceptive attitudes, the relationship between society, the individual and liturgy, and between nature and artifact. 

In February 1955 Dutch architect and Benedictine monk Hans van der Laan set off on a journey to reach Italy and visit Rome. The hours spent observing the ancient and modern architecture of the city left an indelible mark on the imagination of the architect determining the subsequent development of his works.

His travel diary – which is presented here for the first time to the world – documents every reflection, impression and experience offered by the complexity of the Roman architectural, cultural and ecclesiastical panorama.

Rome is transformed in Van der Laan’s diary into a rich and heterogeneous, familiar, modern but still primitive scenario. Throughout the pages there are reflections on human existence, man’s sensory and perceptive attitudes, the relationship between society, the individual and liturgy, and between nature and artifact. 

Hans van der Laan

Viaggio a Roma 

Tiziana Proietti (Ed.)

CASTELVECCHI | ROME: 2017