Where form meets function

Interior and exterior architecture in churches has been examined since grand cathedrals were built in the earliest years A.C., but Dutch designer Lotte van Laatum has given holiness a modern touch with Liturgical Elements for the Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Description from the designer:

The concept of ‘light’ was the starting point for the designs of the liturgical elements. The oecumenical services are taking place at the auditorium. This is an internal space lacking natural daylight. Patients of the hospital are the visitors of the services and the concept of ‘light’ can positively contribute to their personal issues.

The auditorium is a neutral space without ecclesiastical architectural elements. The main concept behind the design is formed by light passing through church windows lighting the liturgical elements.

The design of the church windows is based on the circle and the sphere, both symbols of the divine and perfection. It also symbolizes the sun as a heavenly body.The basic shape of the sphere is also used for the designs of the textile and the tableware. This way the different layers in the design come together. The textile is made from linen and lamb’s wool, also materials with a biblical meaning. The textile is produced by the Textile Museum Tilburg. The tableware is made of mouth blown Bohemian crystal.

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via contemporist

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