Liturgical Elements by Lotte van Laatum

September 2, 2011

Dutch designer Lotte van Laatum has created the Liturgical Elements for the Maasstad Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


Description from the designer:

The concept of ‘light’ was the starting point for the designs of the liturgical elements. The oecumenical services are taking place at the auditorium. This is an internal space lacking natural daylight. Patients of the hospital are the visitors of the services and the concept of ‘light’ can positively contribute to their personal issues.

Light has an important biblical meaning. The separation of light is God’s first act in the creation and it represents the divine harmony. Light is the secret of the Creator and it symbolises the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The auditorium is a neutral space without ecclesiastical architectural elements. The main concept behind the design is formed by light passing through church windows lighting the liturgical elements. The projection which remembers this light is executed in an inlay pattern of Jerusalem stone and Lebanon cedar. Jerusalem stone is literally stone form Jerusalem and is a representation of the Holy Jerusalem. Lebanon cedar is described in the Old Testament as the interior of the Temple of Salomon.

The design of the church windows is based on the circle and the sphere, both symbols of the divine and perfection. It also symbolizes the sun as a heavenly body.The basic shape of the sphere is also used for the designs of the textile and the tableware. This way the different layers in the design come together. The textile is made from linen and lamb’s wool, also materials with a biblical meaning. The textile is produced by the Textile Museum Tilburg. The tableware is made of mouth blown Bohemian crystal.

Visit Lotte van Laatum’s website – here.

Photography by Benders & Stevens Photography