La Tourette

By contrast to the last post, this is a side chapel inside La Tourette Monastery by Le Corbusier.  This space, almost monochrome, quiet, is considerably taller than wide.  The unseen light streaming down from above eccentuates this verticality, a modern version of the tall, heaven-stretching gothic cathedrals.

This space is about standing still, not a roving eye surveying the landscape, but a still, standing individual looking from toe to head, earth to sky, trying to fix this place on earth, not looking for yet another place to go.

Photograph by Mark Gerwing, 1988.


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