Creative Light by L. C. Kalff (auth.)

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This room has only two windows; we see that the dark pier and its shadow cut the room in two. We find here once more the beautiful windows mentioned in Fig. 28. (Amsterdam) Fig. 29A. The brighter parts of a room always attract our attention more than the darker areas. by a maximum of 36 light. Fig. 29B. If a room of a similar size has only two windows, the central place remains relatively dark while there are two well-lighted zones in front of the windows. This accentuates the end walls so that the space is divided into equivalent parts (see Figs.

The examples mentioned here are all dated from the first years of the order. Later the monks had more contact with the outer world and adopted styles that rendered this utter modesty and simplicity impossible (Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque). fn the 12th century the Cistercians were certainly masters of light architecture. It is curious to see how this art disappears from time to time and then for no apparent reason pops up again in a completely different place and period. The Baroque, of which one finds so many examples in the south of Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Switzerland, shows a completely different attitude from the Romanic architecture in France.

The clustered columns in late Gothic churches consist of cylindrical shafts, thus showing a strong vertical profile. The narrow vertical windows produce strong highlights and shadows on these shafts, which could never be so strong with windows of different dimensions (Fig. 40). As a result of this lighting the columns become solid and independant objects, breaking up the space in the church by their large volumes. If we compare these Fig. 37. Castle of Helsingor, Denmark. Fig. 38. In this sketch of the plan and the section of a monumental building have been drawn the "space curves" (Raumkurven) which indicate how the observer, when traversing the successive spaces, receives alternate impressions of oppression and of relaxation, culminating in the free openness of the dome.

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