A fine selection of illustrations and writings never previously published document the works - architecture, furnishings, studies of calligraphy and theoretical texts - produced by the original activity of this Benedictine monk.
[Dom Hans van der Laan. Works and writings] “Nihil in intellectu nisi prius in sensu“: you cannot understand without looking. Starting with this quotation, Hans van der Laan (1904-1991) constructed his theory of architectural work. The architectural culture of the 20th century has rarely reached the heights of severe beauty achieved by the Dutch Benedictine monk, who based his design poetics on renunciation as a metaphysical exercise in consistency. The research conducted by the authors has made it possible to enrich the book with a fine selection of illustrations never previously published, along with a complete listing of the works and a fine anthology of writings, enabling Italian readers to appreciate the importance of the theoretical contributions of Van der Laan to contemporary design culture.