Pavillon Notre-Dame

In April, Notre-Dame caught fire during a renovation and continued to burn for over 15 hours. Much of the cathedral was damaged including the roof and the 19th-century timber spire but not beyond repair. While the beloved 850-year-old landmark awaits restoration, Gensler has designed a temporary place of worship for the people of Paris and its visitors. The proposed interim structure will be located in the cathedral's Parvis Square just outside the church and will feature a rectangular charred timber frame to represent the ancient beams lost to the flames. Wrapped in translucent polycarbonate walls and an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene cushioned roof, the transparent facade will flood the chapel with natural light to provide an ethereal atmosphere while at the same time, keeping the focus on Notre-Dame itself.

Photos: Gensler

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