Notre Dame cathedral in Paris is on course to reopen to worshipers and the public in 2024. According to Culture Minister Rima Abdul Malak’s statement on Thursday, almost three years after the devastating fire. In the statement, she noted that the clean-up phase of the restoration project is now completed. And allowing rebuilding work to get underway. Therefore the 12th century cathedral is be restore to its previous design. Including the 96-meter spire design by architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc in the mid-1800s, for which new timber has select.
We are confident that 2024 will be the year a large part of this work is complete. The year of the re-opening of the cathedral to worshippers and to the public. – Abdul Malak, while visiting the site
A complex project
During the fire of April 15, the scaffolding built for the restoration survived the collapse of the spire. But it was warp by the heat of the fire and ended up resting directly on the vaults, putting them in danger. For the restoration to proceed, the compromised scaffolding had to remove. A complex project which required careful preparation due to its structural instability. After removing the debris, the cathedral was reinforce with wooden frames. And bracings were build to support the buttresses.
The safety phase of the restoration process
The project and the complex building site are managed by General Jean-Louis Georgelin, appointed by the French president, with chief architect Philippe Villeneuve. During the safety phase of the restoration process, stain glass windows, treasury, stalls, statuary, décor, and fixtures remove and are restore, while the three rose windows of the façades are refurbish on site. Therefore the windows are plan to install again by spring 2023.
Redeveloping the cathedral’s surroundings
Meanwhile in parallel with the restoration works underway at the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, the city of Paris has launched a design competition to redevelop the cathedral’s surroundings. In conclusion the winning project by landscape designer Bas Smets, will reimagine the square and the underground parking spaces beneath it, including the archeological crypt, the Jean XXIII square located behind the cathedral, the Seine riverbanks, and the adjacent streets.
Source : ArchDaily