Scaffolding : a work platform adapted to every phase of the project
Numerous factors determine the structure and form of scaffolding, and there are even more than usual for the Chapel, whose roof had to be removed. The scaffolding also had to be able to adapt to the tasks of the different professionals working on the building (carpenters, roofers, glassmakers, gilders, sculptors etc.) and guarantee their safety. It had to have sufficient load-bearing capacity to be able to support the heavy parts to be removed (stone and bronze sculptures, beams etc.) Above all, it could not rest on the facades and had to leave space to allow the roofers and masons to work and to facilitate access to the framework.
The plan for the scaffolding was created by a design office. Although it was possible for a few adjustments to be made during the assembly phase, the plans could leave nothing to chance.
It took no less than 5 months to erect the structure. The different parts of the scaffolding were assembled piece by piece and mostly by hand until the required height of 45 metres was reached.