Architect: Dom Hans van der Laan

Dom Hans van der Laan: Drawing the Scottish Tartan

Dom Hans van der Laan: Drawing the Scottish Tartan

By Caroline Voet

This essay is published to celebrate the release of Dom Hans van der Laan, A House for the Mind: A design Manual on Roosenberg Abbey, by Caroline Voet. Buy the book. For more info on the design methodology and the work of Dom Hans van der Laan, see the educational website and… Read More

Alternative Histories: Bovenbouw Architectuur on James Gowan

Alternative Histories: Bovenbouw Architectuur on James Gowan

We had great fun elaborating on the cumulative aspect of James Gowan’s sketch. Gowan drew a procession of different structural features – a conga line of architectural fragments. We reinterpreted the idea on a vertical rather than horizontal axis. The conga line was turned into a tower-like stack. We embraced… Read More

DOM HANS VAN DER LAAN SAINT BENEDICTUSBERG ABBEY AT VAALS

DOM HANS VAN DER LAAN SAINT BENEDICTUSBERG ABBEY AT VAALS

Given that we have reduced architecture to proportions – to a matter of measurements, which is akin to solving a mathematical problem, the design has not been created visually. This is in contrast to all the designs I have seen being made, which are always based on sketches: the first thing… Read More