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Designed by YCF Group, in collaboration with ARCA Consulting and AFH Haiti (Architecture for Humanity), their proposal for the Notre Dame de l’Assomption draws on the life and culture of the Haitian people, while remembering the site’s history and the lives lost on January 12, 2010. Inspired by a Haitian fisherman’s boat, the project’s folded origami form aims links the new cathedral to the old cathedral’s former function as a lighthouse. Images and architects’ description after the break.
The cathedral is constructed from large trusses clad in recycled metal sheets, perforated by the artists of Croix de Bouquet with the pattern of the old rose window. The pattern permits diffuse light to enter the interior, creating a solemn and contemplative atmosphere inside.
A water catchment channel outlines the footprint of the former cathedral, and collected water is used in the Reflection Garden to the north of the cathedral, as well as to aid in passively cooling the interior. The double layer ventilated cladding helps to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, while openings along the bottom of the cladding draws in water-cooled air into the building. Next to the cathedral is a 60-meter tall bell tower containing the belfry and an observation deck that offers spectacular views of Port-au-Prince. The tower also serves as a beacon and icon for the city, becoming a point of orientation.
Architects: YCF Group
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Design Lead: Andrea Panizzo (YCF)
Collaborators: ARCA Consulting and Architecture for Humanity
Project Team: YCF: Andrea Panizzo, Yves Francois, Burtland Granvil, Elizabeth Lafontant, Taina Mayard; Architecture for Humanity: Nancy Doran, Peter Arnts, Laura Smits, Sven Kalim, Radim Tkadlec; ARCA Consulting: Vanni Puccioni, Lucia Alunni Grillini, Stefano Prinzivalli
Area: 2940 sqm