Temple of Peace in France

The purpose of the Memorial of Peace, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of a peace treaty after the First World War, is to create a unique, bodily and intimate experience that appeals to the five senses and connects man with architecture and light. Being a Memorial of Peace the structure emerges around a calm heart. The archaic and timeless shape of the truncated cone reflects the eternity of the question of peace. The visitor is invited to enter the structure through a narrow entrance which introduces him into the “purification corridor”. This corridor bathed in the darkness aims to move him away from the world around to finally introduce him into the hall of Peace: a space of centered and symmetrical shape that leaves the eye only escape to the sky: formerly a look of fear and terror, but today a look of peace, hope and infinity. The space invites the visitor to reflect on the meaning of peace and its importance for human existence.

The Memorial is composed of two truncated cones. The outer cone pointing upwards represents the envelope and delimits the interior of the Memorial from its exterior. The downward-pointing interior cone is intended to create a second boundary between the “purification corridor” and the Hall of Peace. A slight takeoff between these two shapes creates a fault that leaves very little zenith light enter the “corridor of purification” and guide the visitor to the heart of the project.

The structure will be built using a 3D printing of concrete. The geometry of the Memorial takes into account the printing technique as well as the dimensions of the printer and its printing capabilities. A solid base of reinforced concrete is first founded and covered with quartz flooring on which the concrete is subsequently printed. Once the printing of the Memorial is completed, the printer is removed by a crane from the large zenithal opening of 5 meters in diameter.




Pas-de-Calais, France


International competition (1st prize)


Pre-design, Schematic design