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Museum of SolidarityDuring the unfortunate fire, everyone from all around the world shared grief while watching the roof of the Notre-Dame cathedral vanish into thin air, and this grief then turned into a desire to repair the structure. In the proposal, these feelings of grief and desire are to create a timeless design that aims to bring everyone together to rebuild the cathedral, which has been a cultural heritage for hundreds of years. Timelessness, contribution, solidarity, and cooperation are the main concepts of the design for the roof of the cathedral.
As a respect to the history and culture of Paris, the original silhouette of the cathedral is preserved by building a frame system and by rebuilding the original tower. Instead of rebuilding the original roof, a new roof will be built, which will have a long and vital building process because it will be built by its visitors. As a ritual, visitors will be able to get fire bricks and lay them to their designated places, while observing the rows of bricks that were laid before them twenty, fifty, or even a hundred of years ago, and at the end of this ritual participants will be able to embrace the city view of Paris. This design proposal creates a new space in the attic of the cathedral, which will be functioning as a solidarity museum forever. This experience will allow people to see how everyone from all around the world has united themselves to save the cathedral.
The roof structure is composed of three different elements; the frame system which is the outermost element that forms the original silhouette of the cathedral, the brick vault which is the element that is created by the visitors, and lastly the innermost element which is the glass skin. There are catwalks in the interior space that allows visitors to travel and place bricks. French writer Victor Hugo considers the cathedral of Notre Dame as the heart of Paris and wrote the following sentences: ”the greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius; the deposit left by a whole people; the heaps accumulated by centuries; the residue of successive evaporations of human society,--in a word, species of formations” (Hugo, Victor Marie. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1831, p. 113). So the people of Paris have taken care of the cathedral and helped it to revive. Just like it happened in the past this proposal aims to revive the cathedral, but this time the entire humanity will be involved in its revival process.
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