On April 15, we were all overwhelmed to see how one of the European cultural icons was grazing fire. Now, months later, and while we wait to know how to restore Notre Dame (the French president) Emmanuel Macron He has talked about 20 years of works), the project of raising a modern pavilion to welcome the faithful of this Gothic cathedral has been made public.
The project, which bears the signature of the architecture and design studio Gensler, part with the premise of create a temporary place of worship to replace the cathedral while the rehabilitation works last. A humble and contemporary space that wants to become a beacon of hope both for Parisians and for international visitors.
Gensler's design offers a modest but emblematic temporary structure Constructed mainly of carbonized wood that provides the structure with greater strength and durability. Duncan Swinhoe, Regional General Manager at Gensler, explained that
"Charred wood, which is one of the oldest and most effective methods of protecting wood from fire, also symbolizes that what Notre-Dame once destroyed will only strengthen it, thus expressing a language of rebirth and transformation."
This new pavilion for worship will be located in the emblematic Parvis square, located in front of the famous facade of the cathedral of Paris. Its design recalls the structural rhythms and forms of the Gothic cathedral, and will be especially bright thanks to its translucent walls and ceilings.
The Notre Dame Pavilion will replicate the same dimensions as the cathedral in order to guarantee familiarity. And in addition, it has been designed with a view to welcoming different uses, from the Catholic religious services that were held to the fire in the cathedral, to exhibitions, markets or presentations.
Mobile panels will be installed behind the altar that will allow a complete view of Notre-Dame. In addition, Gensler's design also includes floor-level rotating panels that can be placed for open or close the edge of the structure to adapt it to the number of visitors, or to a to facilitate the intended uses.
What do you think of this modern pavilion, and the possibility of making masses compatible with other activities such as markets or performances?