Paris | Exit the “architectural gesture,” modern considered a time to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris : fifteen months after the fire that ravaged the cathedral and moved the whole world, Emmanuel Macron has finally opted to rebuild this gem of gothic at the same.
He has “acquired the belief that” it is necessary to restore the cathedral to the same, said the presidency on Thursday evening, after a meeting of the national Commission of heritage and architecture (CNPA), comprised of elected officials, experts and architects from the construction site.
“The president has trusted the experts and pre-approved in the main lines of the project presented by the architect-in-chief (Philippe Villeneuve), which plans to rebuild the arrow the same,” said the Elysée.
This project proposes an overall restoration of Notre-Dame and the spire of the way closer to its state just before the fire occurred on the evening of April 15, 2019.
To the general surprise, the head of State had mentioned, shortly after the disaster, the possibility of”an architectural gesture in contemporary” to rebuild the cathedral, stimulating the imagination of many great architects. Some had proposed an arrow in the glass, creating on the roof of a park-organic garden or a panoramic terrace…
Pass of arms
The architect Philippe Villeneuve, has always advocated fidelity to the book, reworked in the gothic style in the Nineteenth century by Viollet-le-Duc, in which are kept all the plans. And to argue that such an option can better meet the deadlines of a rebuilding in five years, as intended by Emmanuel Macron.
A mind that has given rise to a pass-weapon-unusual-end 2019 with the general Jean-louis Georgelin, appointed to oversee the project : he had asked the chief architect of the “close his mouth”, after taking a stand against an arrow contemporary.
On Thursday, Mr. Villeneuve has submitted a dossier of 3,000 pages to review the terms and conditions that it recommends to restore the roof, the roof, and the spire of the cathedral, the subjects of the most difficult which caused a quarrel between the ancients and the moderns.
At the end of this meeting, which lasted four hours, the CNPA has “unanimously approved” the recovery of the architecture of Viollet-le-Duc “in regard to the coverage and the arrow in the respect of the original materials”, told AFP Jean-Pierre Leleux, senator, at the head of this commission.
On the roof, on which there has been a debate, a forthcoming study will specify exactly the contours of the reconstruction that will be in wood.
Before reaching this decision, all scenarios have been considered, ” he said, including leave the cathedral in its current state.
“The concern for the president was not to delay the work site or add complexity to the folder. He had to quickly clarify things,” said for its part, the Elysée palace.
“If it had been necessary to make a arrow contemporary, it had to be a specific competition, where a potential delay of the project. The consultations with major architects led to say that this bet of the arrow contemporary was very complicated and as a contemporary practice might be to imagine otherwise,” noted the presidency.
Pushed back due to the confinement, the delicate dismantling of the scaffolding that surrounds Our Lady, bent and welded by the heat of the fire, will be completed “no later than the end of September,” assured a week ago the general Georgelin. Of this removal depends on the beginning of the restoration of an actual Notre-Dame.
The head of the State was still planning a rebuild in five years with a re-opening in 2024.