Designed by Appareil, their proposal for Naves, a temporary pavilion for the city of Mons, Capital of Culture in 2015, addresses a contextual relationship to the gothic surroundings as an exploration on lightness and transparency. Inspired by this historical context, this project explores structural and material logics to revisit the gothic arch; the ‘curve’ is examined as a bending element caught within a woven collaborative structure of glass fiber tubes, in which the use of compression is exchanged by the one of tension for the building to achieve maximum lightness. More images and architects' description after the break. Historically, the gothic edifice, by reducing the building to its bare bones, shows the perfect expression of lightness as the manifestation of light itself. It reaches transparency as it allows the penetration of light to the point of incorporating it. The lightest pillars, the lightest arches, the lightest vaults, the lightest structure: the lightest building as the glorification of light. A complex meshwork of linear elements based on the ogive and tending to maximum permeability and minimum weight, the gothic churches were buildings belonging to the sky. They are the house of light and allow, through its openings, for its very manifestation.
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