John Pawson’s distinctive approach to modern architecture has attracted international attention. Beginning with the renovation of his London apartment his work focuses on exploring fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms. Pawson has been commissioned to design homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi and art collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi. His subsequent career has spanned a variety of projects, from Calvin Klein’s flagship Manhattan store to a new Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, The Church at Novy Dvur. Requiring a new dwelling for some of their Czech brothers, the Cistercians of Sept-Fons had seen an image of Calvin Klein’s Pawson-designed Manhattan store and recognised in him a kindred spirit. Pawson immediately agreed to convert a crumbling 18th Century manor house in Prague into a new 70,000 foot complex for the monks, describing it as ‘the job of a lifetime’. The project was completed in 2004.