Archive for April, 2011

Wealth in Moderation


There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

G.K. Chesterton

Van der Laan’s is an architecture enshrined in the principles of moderation. It is an architecture, nonetheless, that exudes enormous richness.

Whilst only his most ardent disciples would insist on the slavish imitation of Van der Laan’s architecture, there are sound lessons to be learned from the study of his theory and its manifestation in his buildings. These are universal and enduring lessons on the importance of limits; lessons in measured restraint; and lessons of observed moderation. In these more frugal times and with a built environment already littered with turgid icon, these are surely desirable lessons for this architectural generation to learn well and hold true to.




An architect is a mason who has learned Latin.

Adolf Loos. Or a Latin scholar who has learnt masonry, presumably.