Mystery and Matter

On the relationship between liturgy and architecture in the thought of dom Hans van der Laan OSB (1904‐1991). 


Most of the scholarship regarding the Dutch monk and architect Dom Hans van der Laan OSB (1904-1991) has been narrowly focused on his architectural theory and projects. The liturgical and theological dimensions have been virtually neglected, though they are vital for a proper understanding of his thought. Through a thorough reading of the original sources, including previously unexplored documents from various archives, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach to Van der Laan’s theory. It brings together the different aspects of his work by studying both the liturgical-theological and architectural elements. On this basis the book offers a synthesis of the way in which Van der Laan was able to link earthly matter to the divine Mystery.

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Michel Petrus Remery, M.Sc. (1996 in Architecture, Delft Technical University), and Ph.D. (2008 in Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome), has published on liturgy and architecture. He has experience in business and global organisations and currently serves as a priest in Leiden.
Those interested in architecture and its theory, art, liturgy, Gregorian chant, Benedictine life, architectural and ecclesiastical history, as well as engineers, theologians, philosophers, mathematicians, and specialists in vestments and precious metals.
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