Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Mont Beauvais

The project is a lightweight structural web wrapping around the Beauvais Cathedral, supporting the Cathedral; aligned to the existing flying buttresses as extensions. While doing this, this lightweight web also hosts sequence of spaces to create a compact city around the Beauvais Cathedral just like how cities are attached to the cathedrals in Mont Saint Michel, Laon in France.

Just like how the gothic cathedrals were taking the nature: skeleton structures as their precedents, the project aims to have the same approach by forming a building with columns and arches. Supporting churches with building new extensions has been happening throughout the history just like how Sinan built buttressing for Hagia Sophia's dome and the scaffolding that was removed 2010, stayed inside the building for 17 years supporting the dome for the restoration work.