Notre-Dame de l\'Arche d\'Alliance Church

1986 / 1998

Notre-Dame de l’Arche d’Alliance Church


Church for 450 parishioners and a rectory with 4 apartments.

The Ark of the Covenant, l’Arche d’Alliance in French, was a chest of acacia covered in gold leaf. It enclosed the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Located in the east of the 15th arrondissement in Paris, the church symbolizes the Ark of the Covenant.
A perfect, simple volume was chosen, the cube. Its equal sides refer to the presence of the One. This shape is inserted into a metal grid, which gives a certain lightness to the building. This particular structure allows a play of light and shadow that seems to erase the pillars and the ground floor. The church seems to be floating above the ground rather than resting on a base. Thus, the building takes its place as a landmark in the heart of the city.

Contracting authority: Association Diocésaine de Paris
Architect: AS.Architecture-Studio
Engineering: Noble Ingénierie, Séca Structure
Area: 1,600 sqm
Commission: 1986
Completion: 1998

Paris, France

Notre-Dame de l’Arche d’Alliance Church

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