Notre-Dame of Paris: Construction Sequence

Developed with Stephen Murray, medieval architectural historian at Columbia University

Music: Pérotin, Viderunt Omnes

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This construction time-lapse illustrates the history of Notre-Dame from c.1060 to the present day, following ten centuries of construction and reconstruction. The model was created in Sketchup based on hand-drawn image textures. The ink drawings of nineteenth-century architect Viollet-le-Duc were scanned and applied to the model surfaces, as if to transform the two-dimensional artwork into the three-dimensional digital. I believe computer models should have a certain handmade quality.

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Sources

– Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon. Notre-Dame Cathedral: nine centuries of history.
– Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. Drawings of Notre-Dame. From Wikimedia Commons.
J. Clemente. Spire of Notre-Dame. From Sketchup 3D Warehouse.
– Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and Ferdinand de Guilhermy. Notre-Dame de Paris. From BnF Gallica.
– Caroline Bruzelius. “The Construction of Notre-Dame in Paris” in The Art Bulletin. From JSTOR.
– Michael Davis. “Splendor and Peril: The Cathedral of Paris” in The Art Bulletin. From JSTOR.

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Virtual Reality Computer Model

Explore the interior and exterior of Notre-Dame in virtual reality.
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Complete model of Notre-Dame inside and out. Download includes simulation of cathedral construction sequence compatible with Sketchup. Model has been peer reviewed for accuracy by scholars at Columbia University’s art history department and at the American Friends of Notre-Dame. Download will include model in DAE, SKP, and KMZ formats.

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Exterior

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Interior

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Dynamic Angles

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