Eight Inc, the design agency finest identified for conceptualizing the Apple Store and the now-iconic big glass dice on fifth Ave in New York, has proposed to revive Notre-Dame’s sadly destroyed roof and spire — with a large glass roof and spire. I don’t assume the French will go for it.
The concept is to recreate the highest of the constructing totally out of structural glass, which is stronger than regular glass and thus might assist itself with none inner framework.
It’s laborious to know what to make of the proposal. It appears to me so inappropriate that it borders on parody. Leaving apart the sensible considerations of retaining the glass clear and changing any portion that’s cracked or one thing, the very concept of capping a gothic cathedral made virtually totally of stone with a large sunroof looks like the precise reverse of what the church’s creators would have needed.
Tim Kobe, founding father of Eight, disagrees.
“I believe this definitive example of French gothic architecture requires a deep respect and appreciation of the history and intent of the original design,” he instructed Dezeen. “It should not be about the ego of a new architectural expression but a solution to honor this historic structure.”
I discover that assertion, particularly the half about ego of latest architectural expression, a bit tough to swallow when the proposal is to rebuild a virtually thousand-year-old cathedral within the model of an Apple Store.
He known as the glass roof and spire “spiritual and luminous,” saying they evoked “the impermanence of architecture and the impermanence of life.”
That appears an odd factor to try for. I’m not a non secular individual, however I as I perceive it your entire concept of a cathedral is to create a everlasting, strong illustration of the very everlasting presence of God and His eternal kingdom of heaven. Life is fleeting, positive, however big stone cathedrals which have outlasted empires appear a poor mascot for that truth.
Of course, it should be mentioned that this wouldn’t be the one garish glass construction within the metropolis that traditionalists would hate: The pyramid on the Louvre has attracted nice ire for a few years now. And it’s a lot smaller.
The French Senate (and plenty of others) have expressed that they want the cathedral to be restored to as near its authentic state as potential — ideally with one thing higher than centuries-old dry tinder holding up the roof. But President Macron…