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Russia Orthodox Church in Parisby Ameller Dubois designed using AutoCAD, 3ds MAX, and Sketchup Pro
March 27th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
This project closely articulates three elements : a base for the cultural center ; the church as a contemporary monument rising on this base ; and the central garden as an outdoor space for contemplation and meditation. The rehabilitation of the building located rue de l’Université and the enhancement of the Palais de l’Alma add finishing touches to the urban design part of the whole project.
While the proposed composition incorporates and clarifies the guidelines of the site, the church offers the opportunity to question the current interpretation of the aesthetic and symbolic principles of the Orthodox clerical architecture in the exotic context of Paris historic fabric – and in the vicinity of such iconic buildings as the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero, or the Alexandre III bridge.
Cross-shaped building: In compliance with the Orthodox principle of using orthogonal forms as a symbolization of the earth, the church adopts a cruciform plan. The canonical evocation of this cross shape is quite clear, but this cruciform plan also marks a crucial venue for the Russian Orthodox culture and spirituality outside its original boundaries. The access steps reinforce the solemnity of the climb to the church.
With its carefully arranged varying heights, the morphology of the building is a faithfully echo to the horizontal lines of the Palais de l’Alma. It fully respects the local plan for the City of Paris.
Detached from the stone walls, a titanium cladding enshrines the entire building as a stylised chasuble. Iterative geometric pattern of an equal-arms cross flourishes as it rises. Opacity fades from earth to heaven. The silvery tones of titanium exalt the solar reflections of gold and laminated brass. Near the main body of the church, a belfry with three still bells stands at the foot of the stairs.
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