Demolition Threat: Notre Dame de l´Espérance
Pierre Genton, Villeurbanne, France, 1964
Judi Loach, Chair of Docomomo UK, drew the attention of docomomo International to the perilous situation related to the future of Notre Dame de l´Espérance, which diocese is trying to sell the site to developers, entailing this significant building’s demolition.
"This is the most interesting church to survive in Lyons by Genton, an important pioneer of Modern church architecture in France. Built in a working class (then still industrial) district, it uses an industrial vocabulary, and was the 1st in the region to use a space frame roofing system. This avoided pillars, thus giving all present an optimal view of the sanctuary, while the squarish plan, organised along a diagonal leading from entrance to Sanctuary, gathers all present in a single body around the altar, thus predating Vatican II’s edicts. Most of the daylighting enters from a 3-D roof light over the sanctuary, focusing attention there. The baptistery, consisting of a small pool (baptism by immersion) plus a traditional font (baptism of infants), is unique, in that rainwater is brought directly from the ‘heavens’, by a metal tube. All the furnishings - benches, etc. - were made especially and are still in excellent condition.
The diocese is trying to sell the site to developers, entailing this significant building’s demolition."
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