Describing Architecture

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Le Thoronet Abbey / Jonathan Janssens


Photograph, Plastercast model, Sketchbook


Le Thoronet Abbey, Provence
Constructed 1176


This study is comprised of three pieces of work, in three different mediums, at three different scales. They are presented together in order to better understand the complexity of Le Thoronet, a Cistercian Monastery located in the south of France.

Sou Fujimoto once said that he couldn’t decide whether it was the light or the stone that came first to this place. This photograph, model and sketch are an attempt to answer, or at least to understand that question.

(Jonathan Janssens)



1    Photograph

2    Plastercast model

3    Sketch

4    Exhibit

5    Exhibit in context