Jean Nouvel was out of the country on late Monday afternoon when Notre Dame de Paris has been ravaged by a fire. Just come back in France on Wednesday, the star architect was keen to take a position on the drama heritage, which affects the France. “If I can help rebuild this splendor destroyed, I will do it”, he says in Figaro. “The structure has held and there is a strong base. It may very well redo the structure, respecting its original design”, avance-t-il.
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“The contest is a good idea. But it would depend on the terms of the competition and it is still too early for me to decide”
While prime minister Édouard Philippe announced that it would open an international architectural competition for the reconstruction of the spire of the cathedral, Jean Nouvel, has not yet taken the decision to participate or not. “It is a good idea. But it would depend on the terms of the competition and it is still too early for me to decide,” says the creator of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, museum of islamic civilizations in Doha, which was recently inaugurated, at the quai Branly Museum, the Philharmonie de Paris, or the Institute of the arab world.
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The cathedral has already experienced several major transformations in his long life, including the last date of the Nineteenth century. Jean Nouvel considers that “the sedimentation is in his DNA” and that “formations are in the logic of Paris”. In other words, the architect is not formally opposed to the Twenty-first century brings its contribution to the aesthetic at the monument. “A layer of more can exist,” he says. If the contemporary had to invite themselves to Our Lady, the architect believes that this would be on the side of the stained glass windows or decorations, “in perfect harmony” with the historical monument.
“The arrow of Viollet-le-Duc was a strong gesture, and meaning already in his time. It is part of the intangibles of the cathedral”
He did not imagine, however, not a contemporary practice that would replace the arrow imagined in the Nineteenth century. “The arrow of Viollet-le-Duc was a strong gesture, and meaning already in his time. It is part of the intangibles of the cathedral”, the judge said it.
“This restoration will be a race of obstacles, concludes Jean Nouvel, it is necessary to allow time for the historians and the experts decide” on the future of the monument. Jean Nouvel considers that it is based on their conclusions we will be able to determine if the five-year period announced by Emmanuel Macron is realistic or not.
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