Toit vu de dessus

“Toit vu de dessus”, Cathedral of Strasbourg, roof of the “Klotz’s vestibule”, 2011.

That interesting succession of small roof covering the “Knauth’s vestibule” caught my attention by it’s unusual form and geometry.

For the sake of culture, lets just say that this vestibule is a small room standing against the Northern aisle of the cathedral. Its name comes from the architect Johann Knauth, who built in the beginning of the 20th century. This room allow people to enter in the Northern aisle without letting the cold wind enter with them, that’s why it’s commonly called “Windfang”, a German word literally meaning “[the room which] capture the wind”. This room is one of the few parts of the cathedral to be inspired by the Gothic revival movement.

On a side note, Johann Knauth is especially known for his work of preservation of the North-West pillar, which support the spire, in the 1910’. Without him, the whole tower would have collapsed, but as a reward for this work he got nothing except being expelled after the war by the French, for the only reason he was German.

Tools and exifs:

  • Canon EOS 450D + Canon 18-55mm IS
  • 34mm
  • 1/160 s.
  • f/7.1
  • ISO 200

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