The People's Notre-Dame Design Competition

Seyedeh Ayeh Mirrezaei

EMU North Cyprus

Iran

Designer's Description

The legendary phoenix ‚ÄúRebirth of the magical phoenix from the pile of ashes and flames‚Äù, actually, my heart broke because of the fire disaster of valuable Notre Dame. The only thing that comes to my mind is the mythical phoenix for reconstructing the roof‚Äôs church. Although, the church was in fire and created a tragedy of commons with tears but the Notre Dame will be reborn more powerful and brilliant same as Mythical Phoenix Bird. So my proposal for the roof is the phoenix bird that arises gloriously from the roof in order to protect the church, city and people from the evil as symbol of morality and humanity. Actually, Phoenix signify  the sign of sun, eternal life, and life in the heavenly Paradise, renewal and resurrection in many religions so I designed the huge glassy phoenix which is brilliantly colored in reds, purples, and yellows on top of the frozen glass of the roof. It is possible to see the wings of the bird from both inside and outside of the roof that are so shiny and transparent. Theses colorful wings can create a spiritual space inside the church as well as outside. In addition, this design has more harmony with the historical style of the church with respecting to the role of church in Christianity.

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