Richard Padovan’s Dom Hans Van Der Laan: Modern Primitive (Architectura & Natura Press, 1994) is a comprehensive study of the Dutch Benedictine monk and architect.
Dom Hans van der Laan described his career as a ‘quest’. Through a long life as architect and monk he devoted himself to a search for the primitive origins of architecture: for that fundamental link between the technical act of building and our need to define and order the space around us, without which he believed no worthwile education or practice was possible.
Dom Hans van der Laan: Modern Primitive is the first full-length study of the evolution of Van der Laan’s design and theory. It is based on a large amount of unpublished documents, including Van der Laan’s lecture manuscripts, and on conversations and correspondence with Richard Padovan.
The text is in English. The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings.
Our copy in stock is in very good condition. The pages are clean, no markings. The glueing of the binding shows no signs of weakening. The covers show only some minor signs of shelf wear and use. There is an errata attached on the first flyleaf.