Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris Concept, Parisian Religious Building Refurbishment, Architecture

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept

Parisian building on the Ile de la Cité, River Seine, France – renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

4 Nov 2019

Renewal Concept for Notre Dame Cathedral Paris

“When the cathedrals were white”

Location: Ile de la Cité, Paris, France

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept design

A concept for Notre Dame by Iranian Architect Habibeh Madjdabadi

Abstract:

Le Corbusier described Notre dame as a ‘pure creation of spirit”. The new extension roof is white, recalling the title of a Le Corbusier book: “When the cathedrals were white”. The colour also addresses the original aim of the cathedral builders when used marble for creating a white construction.

The white colour restores the ancient imagination of cathedrals. The new extension is in line with the traditions of Gothic cathedrals: rising up the building towards the sky for reinforcing the sense of verticality. The roof rises gradually in the middle creating a curved skyline for the cathedral as Antoni Gaudi said: “Straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God”.

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept design
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“When the cathedrals were white”

Le Corbusier described Notre dame as a ‘pure creation of spirit”. The new extension roof is white, recalling the le Corbusier titled one of his books: “When the cathedrals were white” and addressing the original aim of the cathedral builders when used marble for creating a white construction. The white color restores the ancient imagination of cathedrals.

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept design

“Straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God” Antoni Gaudi

Cathedrals were known as prominent land marks of the medieval cities. Their height exceeded several times the surrounding buildings. Through the centuries the city skylines changed, the cities became larger and many new high-rise buildings entered in competition with the old cathedrals.

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept design

Today, the cathedrals have lost their original supremacy and visual impact on the town. Notre dame belongs to the collective imagination of Paris and there are many stories and legends around it. Restoring Notre dame shall include restoration of its original role as an outstanding city landmark and legend. We decided for a new interpretation of the ceiling and spire.

Notre Dame Cathedral Renewal Concept design

In original building the spire and the roof were built in two different times and thus conceived as two distinct architectural elements. in our interpretation these are integral part of each other. The roof rises gradually in the middle creating a curved skyline for the cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

The shape of the new structure corresponds to the catenary curves and for this reason the building load is efficiently transferred to the existing piers of the cathedral (to be reinforced), without compromising the stability of the cathedral. The new extension is in line with the traditions of Gothic cathedrals: rising up the building towards the sky for reinforcing the sense of verticality.

Notre Dame Cathedral renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

The material of The new structure is inspired by the structure of the bird’s bones. Its hollow skeleton improves strength and reduces the structure weight.

Notre Dame Cathedral renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

People can walk under the new roof having the view of the city, People used to see the cathedral from the city and now there is the opportunity for the people to see the city from the cathedral.

Notre Dame Cathedral renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

In the middle of the walkway in the location of the former spire there is a reflective hollow space, a tunnel of light that connects the cathedral to the new roof, connecting the past to the future.

Notre dame has been modified for several times through the centuries, by addition and subtraction of parts and elements. Each transformation brought the Cathedral new life and enriched its architecture. Transformation has always been part of the Notre dame’s evolution.

Notre Dame Cathedral renewal design by Habibeh Madjdabadi Architect

The devastating fire on 15 April 2019, should be considered as an opportunity for continuing the millenary tradition of changes and improvements by a meaningful contribution of the new millennium. It is the right time to give a new life to Notre dame and to restore the building with a new idea that goes beyond the mere recovery of the damaged roof and spire.

Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris building Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris building facade
photos © Adrian Welch

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Habibeh Madjdabadi Architecture Studio, Iran

Architect: Habibeh Madjdabadi

Presentation team: sima vadaye kheiri, Atena taleghani, Mohammadreza Hajian, Azin Mirani

Previously on e-architect:

Apr 2019
Notre-Dame Spire Renewal

Drone footage shows damage to cathedral building:

Photographs © Adrian Welch

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris France

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris building

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

source: http://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/

Location: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Paris




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