Shigeru Ban proposes simple temporary chapel for Notre Dame site

The chapel would be made of recyclable materials

When a
fire broke out in Notre Dame
this past spring, Paris lost more
than a tourism icon—its residents also lost a gathering place for
community and worship. Now Shigeru Ban wants to change that with a
temporary chapel that would serve as a gathering place for
religious services while the cathedral undergoes restoration.

The
Pritzker-winning Japanese architect
is proposing an airy
pavilion designed around
simple, recyclable materials
. The structure is anchored by
wood-paneled shipping containers that connect to paper tube columns
via rope. The columns and wooden trusses support a simple white
gabled roof, leaving the space open to the elements.

Rendering of chapel made from paper tubes
Shigeru Ban Architects

French paper
La Croix reports
that while the structure is still not
approved, it has caught the attention of Paris’ architectural
set. “Can such a space, which needs to instill calm and repose,
be situated right next to a construction site?” architect

Patrick Bouchain
commented to the paper. “Will the square,
which stands above the archaeological crypt, be able to take the
weight of such a structure?”

Practicalities aside, it’s a gesture that many people see as a
necessary next step, while
plans for the cathedral’s restoration
are debated, voted on,
and hopefully—eventually—constructed.

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Shigeru Ban proposes simple temporary chapel for Notre Dame site