Repetition in architecture is simultaneously an objective property of the built work as well as a subjective approach to design.
Repetition has been acknowledged as an important aspect of architecture and design for several centuries now, although it was seldom theorized until recently. Despite architecture’s usual preoccupation with problems of space, most repeating patterns or spatial arrangements require time to grasp. That is, unless they’re intuited all at once, in a single glance. One must first be allowed to perambulate the structure, eyes gliding along its surface. György Kepes, a Hungarian painter closely associated with his fellow countryman, the Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy, therefore asserted in his Language of Vision (1944):