Paris – Saddened by the images of Notre-Dame de Paris engulfed by a devastating fire last month, Belgian visualisation studio Miysis envisioned to create a glass roof and a new iconic spire “that would respect the original style of the iconic cathedral, and would also be representative of our time as well”.
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“Sobriety is the way to go for this building, above all religious, historical and cultural aspects,” explain at Miysis Studio. A stained glass canopy taking up the rhythm and position of the original frame preserves the dimensions and volumes of the original roof without distorting the silhouette of the building.
The studio has designed a new space accessible to the public. Plants and trees populate the volume under the glass roof that Notre-Dame intimates use call The Forest while a wooden floor is reminiscent of the original structure that has now disappeared.
“We made the choice not to duplicate everything that was lost. Yet it seemed important to us not to deny the know-how that allowed the construction of a very complex wooden structure that had become mythical.”
Miysis proposed rebuilding the spire, “reconstructed identical, by the best craftsmen, dressed in more modern materials and whose appearance is undeniably faithful to the original.”
“At Miysis, we are neither carpenters nor architects, but we visualize the future through synthetic images. Far from the real, but bearers of a message of hope for a new future. Our proposal accepts the ravages of the flames and, from the ashes, sees the rebirth of this church, a little different and even more welcoming.”
All images by Miysis studio.