THE GARDEN OF MEMORY
NO to the massive use of glass!!! NO to a structure completely out of context!!!
The new roof designed for Notre Dame Cathedral was born taking into account its structural typology:
- the trusses with closed frames of the new roof remain in view, recalling the ribs of the cross vaults;
- the non-structural part is made up of a technological "skin" through which energy is produced and multiple chameleonic scenarios consisting of accurate transparencies and scenic lighting effects, indoor and outdoor, are obtained.
In the intersection between the central nave and the transept a dynamism is generated underlined by the rotation of the structure that supports the flÃ¨che: four completely glazed rhombuses form contemporary rose windows from which it is possible to admire the city of Paris, even climbing on the internal "terrace" that offers breathtaking views.
The new flÃ¨che is a kaleidoscope that is lightly projected towards the sky, bringing back the cross and the rooster above.
Functionally the cover serves as a shelter for the recovered remains and existing scars;
at the base of the flÃ¨che, a multimedia space hosts "the garden of memory" which allows the visitor to immerse himself in a sensorial experience, reliving the tragedy of 15 April 2019.
"The history of humanity has always been written through tragedies, losses, revolutions ... The mere reproduction of what no longer exists is useless, contemporaneity must itself be a memory of what happened."