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Vignola's sculptural superimposition of portal and portico in his pavilion at Bomarzo and the amputated pilasters of the entrance facade of the Belen church in Cuzco are perhaps intriguing solecisms, but the complex superadjacencies in the cloister facades at Tomar compose a wall validly containing spaces within itself. The multiple layers of columns--engaged and disengaged, large and small, directly and indirectly superimposed--and the profusion of superimposed openings, architraves, and horizontal and diagonal balustrades create contrasts and contradictions in scale, direction, size, and shape. They make a wall containing spaces inside itself.
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), p. 65.




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