In Search of the Ineffable: A Look Into the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp

Capilla Notre Dame du Haut / Le Corbusier – 1955. Image © Mili Sánchez Azcona

What is good architecture? More than two thousand years ago, Vitruvius would have answered that good architecture is that which contemplates three basic principles: firmitas (firmness), utilitas (utility), and venustas (beauty), as he described in his treatise De Architectura, and probably no one would have questioned it. Today, this broad question is capable of eliciting hundreds of answers, all personal and subjective, which have to do with the experience of each person.

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