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Interior of the monastery church
Interior of the monastery church

Plan of the monastery and its surroundings
Plan of the monastery and its surroundings

View from the south-west; the height difference is clearly visible
View from the south-west; the height difference is clearly visible

The lavatorium; light, warmth and ritual come together
The lavatorium; light, warmth and ritual come together

Places of study within the cloister
Places of study within the cloister

The cloister
The cloister

The cemetery
The cemetery

The chapter house
The chapter house




PROJECTINDEX
 
THE SUBLIME LIGHT AND THE HETEROTOPIA
Technische Universiteit Delft
ARCHITECTURE

Illuminated isolation; a monastery for the Cistercian Order
The sublime light that connect one place with 'the other' is the architectural expression of a new type of heterotopia: the fōstopos. The fōstopos sets itself apart spatially by means of light and connects with other places by referring to the sublime beyond itself. The fōstopos provides an unlimited space for the sublime within its borders. As such, it meets the need in our society for the 'other places' as introduced by Foucault.

For centuries the 'architecture of light' of the Cistercians has demonstrated the qualities of light as a means of giving shape to spaces. In this design for a monastery, the spatial and ritual experience of the sublime light and the threshold with the surrounding landscape are at the heart of its fōstopic character.

There is a crack, a crack
In everything
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in
That's how the light gets in

'Anthem' by Leonard Cohen