Kengo Kuma sets in stone an impressive stereotomic-inspired cathedral intervention in Western France

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Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) has begun construction on a much-needed cathedral addition that will add a contemporary feel in “harmonious dialogue” with a 12th-century structure set on the edge of the historic Loire Valley in France.

The cathedral is host to several important polychromatic sculptures from the Middle Ages which will be protected by the new intervention. 

Kengo Kuma sets in stone an impressive stereotomic-inspired cathedral intervention in Western France

© Kengo Kuma & Associates

With preservation in mind, KKAA’s design will transform the western portal of the Cathédrale Saint-Maurice in Angers into an improved entrance that presents the stone relics in an open gallery with sculptural archways and improved wayfinding from the outside into the bifurcated portal. 

Kengo Kuma sets in stone an impressive stereotomic-inspired cathedral intervention in Western France

© Kengo Kuma & Associates, photo by David Gallard

Viewed from the western entrance, the addition presents an astounding visual symmetry with the 900-year-old rebuilt Gothic cathedral. The grooved rectangular intervention is a few meters removed from the original structure, cast using stonework processes that…

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