Enduring lessons from Le Thoronet

‘Depending on the time of day, pools of sunlight spill across the tiled floors and threads of luminescence catch in mouldings, while the fall of light and shadow fleetingly articulates the junctions where the sharp-edged piers meet the curves of the columns. The light brings with it shifts in tint on the surface of the stone, producing subtle exercises in perspective that render the depth of window embrasures legible. In the closed world of the monastery, this graphic demonstration of the passage of time acquires particular significance’.

Extract from ‘Leçons du Thoronet’


John Pawson