Space of Silence – architecture


Modern minimalist architecture (John Pawson) meets Bohemian restoration architecture in the establishment of a new Trappist community.

The new build complements the old one – everywhere there is simplicity, a creamy whiteness with a few touches of wood and stone.

(The entire documentary lasts 26 minutes, but you can watch substantially less and get a sense of the materials and specifics of the building.  If you have half an hour free to watch a TV programme anyhow, this is a restful, thoughtful programme).

Then the pageantry of the dedication ceremony. John Pawson has instituted a tiny courtyard for visitors before entering the church – it is open only to the sky.


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