Thursday, September 22, 2011
ARCH-ARQ: A Grand Opening for Renzo Piano's Controversial Expansion at Ronchamp Chapel
Journalists, officials, and curious locals gathered last week at Le Corbusier’s chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Rjust tourism,” he says. “There are also nuns living there, which brings life and energy” to the site. onchamp, France, to celebrate the opening of a quiet new visitors’ center and convent designed by Renzo Piano—a project that incited fierce debate when it was first announced in 2008. Opponents feared the addition would distract from the power of Corbusier’s sculptural masterpiece.
Piano, who attended the inauguration ceremony, which stretched from September 8–11, told RECORD that he has enhanced the 4.9-acre property by creating facilities that support the chapel’s original purpose: religious worship. “It’s not
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