Het Verheven Licht en de Heterotopia

The Sublime Light and the Heterotopia

Booklet
This booklet contains a two-piece essayistic research. An architectural perspective, on the relation between the sublime and the heterotopia and the role light plays therein. Eventually the notion of the fōstopos arises: a place connected and elevated to ‘the other place’ by light.

The fōstopos is used as ‘theoretical inspiration’ for the design of my graduation project: a monastery for the Cistercian Order. The architecture of this order has been known for centuries as the architecture of light. In the monastery the spatial and ritual experience of light and the threshold with the surrounding landscapes are at the heart of its fōstopic character.

Article One – The Sublime and the Heterotopia
The sublime as a philosophical notion is related to the heterotopias introduced by Foucault. Society is in need of such ‘other places’ as these places provide an unlimited space for the sublime within their borders.

Article Two – The Sublime Light
The sublime light and the meaning that it gives to the architectural space capturing it is analysed for three different buildings: the Pantheon, Corbusier’s St Pierre de Firminy Vert and the Church of Light by Tadao Ando.
The sublime light that can connect ‘place to other place’ emerges as a characteristic of the architectural expression of this special type of heterotopia: the fōstopos.

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