On the 15th April the roof of the Notre Dame de Paris caught fire and burned for around 15 hours. The damage sustained includes the destruction of the timber spire and most of the lead covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling. The following day President Emmanuel Macron pledged in a prime-time address to the French nation that it would be rebuilt within five years.
France has announced that the redesign of the iconic roofline will be open to international architects. The cathedral’s construction was begun in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was principally complete by 1260.
The French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, stated that “The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire.”
Dezeen, the online architecture, interiors and design magazine based in London, have released an article showing seven proposals of alternative spires from designers all over the world. Click here to go to the article ›