Notre-Dame de Paris

LOCATION: PARIS, FRANCE
LIGHTING CONSULTANTS:LIGHT CIBLES; ROGER NARBONI
SCOPE OF WORK: FAÇADE LIGHTING DESIGN, UNTIL FINAL COMPLETION
COMPLETION: 2007
CLIENT: VILLE DE PARIS
LENGTH: 128 M (420 FT)
WIDTH: 48 M (157 FT)
TOWER HEIGHT: 69 M (226 FT)
SPIRE HEIGHT: 90 M (300 FT)
DESIGNATION: MONUMENT HISTORIQUE (1982)

Phase 1 (2002):
From the Quai Montebello, beams of light illuminate the lead roof, barely caressing the stained glass windows, and hugging the form of the transept, respecting the basic principle of lighting, which entails a gradual intensification of light from the bottom to the top.Subtle lateral lighting anchors the cathedral in its context above the flowing river, and the softer foreground tones highlight the lace-like stonework that lends such harmony to the whole majestic edifice.

Phase 2 (2006):
After the main west-facing façade, presented in 2002, Light Cibles also worked on the second phase of lighting the Notre Dame cathedral -again in association with Roger Carboni- and this second phase officially inaugurated on December 12th 2006. It involved the south-facing facades and part of the eastern wing, towards the Seine, and they now appear in all their splendour … As with the western façade, the visitor’s eye is drawn to the stone guardrails and between the open-air columns of the main tower, illuminated by invisible lighting sources which magnify and sculpt the architectural details.

Phase 3 (2007):
The last phase of illumination: the chevet and the rear and side elevations inaugurated on December 2007. The arched buttress and the chevet are lit in a subtle way, done with light fittings placed on the terrasse floors. The bell tower is delicately lit in tilt-up to make its presence apparent in the Parisian night sky.