The "Centre des Monuments Nationoux" (France) promotes every 4 years an intervention from an architect, commisioned by Dominique Machabert (Architecture Journalist), After john Pawson, Alvaro Siza and others.
This year is the Pritzker Prize Awarded 2011 Portuguese Archictect Eduardo Souto Moura.
The signage project is a part of the intervention on the Abbey.
Le Thoronet Abbey is the most visited monument outside Paris.
Le Thoronet Abbey (French
: L'abbaye du Thoronet) is a former Cistercian abbey
built in the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, now restored as a museum. It is sited between the towns of Draguignan
in the Var
Department of Provence
, in southeast France. It is one of the three Cistercian abbeys in Provence, along with the Sénanque Abbey
, that together are known as "the Three Sisters of Provence."
Le Thoronet Abbey is one of the best examples of the spirit of the Cistercian order. Even the acoustics of the church imposed a certain discipline upon the monks; because of the stone walls, which created a long echo, the monks were forced to sing slowly and perfectly together. The abbey is fundamentally connected to its site, and is an exceptional example of spirituality and philosophy transformed into architecture. It is distinguished, like other Cistercian abbeys, by its purity, harmony, and lack of decoration or ornament.