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City of Paris, supported by Autodesk, launches design competition to reimagine surrounding area of Notre-Dame de Paris







City of Paris, supported by Autodesk, launches design competition to reimagine surrounding area of Notre-Dame de Paris

December 2, 2021- In parallel with the reconstruction of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, the City of Paris has launched an international design competition to reimagine the area surrounding the cathedral. The reimagination of the area will provide Parisians and tourists the opportunity to further appreciate the rich history and heritage of Notre-Dame de Paris and its surroundings.

To help accomplish this, Autodesk will provide technological expertise throughout the competition. We will also use our Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions to create a 3D model of the existing area surrounding the Notre-Dame cathedral so competing teams can better understand the constraints of the site. The four competing teams will use the model to build their final design proposals

“Thanks to this partnership with Autodesk, we are able to visualize the candidates’ design proposals in 3D and improve the way the teams reimagine the future of this exceptional site. Parisians, and all those around the world who appreciate the Notre-Dame cathedral setting, will be able to immerse themselves in the transformation of this area,” said Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy mayor of Paris.

The four finalists—selected from a total of 39 entrants—must take the following spaces into account:

  • The forecourt and its underground spaces, including the archaeological crypt and parking on two levels
  • From the Jean XXIII and Île-de-France squares (located behind the cathedral) to the tip of the Ile de la Cité
  • The banks of the Seine River
  • Adjacent streets: Rue du Cloître-Notre-Dame, Rue de la Cité, and Quai de l'Archevêché

Autodesk has deep roots in France and supports some of the most iconic projects in Paris and across the country. Following in the footsteps of a similar competition launched to reimagine the Eiffel Tower forecourt in 2018, the City of Paris continues its digital transformation journey and is now positioned as one of the first ‘cities of the future,’ putting digital technologies at the heart of its urban modernization.

Participants in the competition are made up of multidisciplinary teams led by architects, urban planners, and landscape architects and accompanied by specialists in heritage and historical monuments, environment, programming of public spaces, and technical design offices. The four teams are: Landscape designer, Michel Desvignes, with architecture practices, Grafton Architects (Pritzker and Equerre d'Argent Prizes winners) and h20 and town planner, Urban Eco Architectural firm, Aymeric Antoine and Pierre Dufour, with landscape designer, Ateliers jours and town planner, Auxili Urban planner, Jacqueline Osty and associates, with the architect Bernard Desmoulin and the Orma Architettura practice Landscape designer, Bureau Bas Smets, with the GRAU and Neufville-Gayet architecture practices.

The construction is expected to start in 2024 and will be completed in 2028.

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