Thursday, 20 January 2011

Eric de Mare: The Architect's Photographer.

Eric de Mare's photography captures the awkward interaction between the Ornamentalism of English churches and Modernist industrial functionalism within a landscape.This relationship reaches beyond the visual to the uses of this space as a place of worship and industrial manufacturing. De Mare's work continued to influence the wave of architects who reconstructed post-war Britain perhaps reflecting the dualism of contemporary architecture.

If we consider John Pawson's Cistercian monastry Novy Dvur in the Czech Republic built in 1999, the architect has utilised two isolated architectural vernaculars: places of worship and Modernism. Yet by combining them, he has eliminated the ostentatious and superfluous detail thereby harnessing the dramatic qualities of natural light to reflect the humble values of the monks who use the space.

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