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Architects suggest ROOFTOP POOL for rebuilt Notre Dame

Architects suggest ROOFTOP POOL for rebuilt Notre Dame in Paris after 850-year-old cathedral was gutted by fire

  • The blaze erupted in the UNESCO world heritage landmark in the French capital last month, sending its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky
  • French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international competition for architects to rebuild the spire following a special cabinet meeting held by French President Emmanuel Macron, last month
  • Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) have drawn up plans for a large cross-shaped pool covering the entire area of the roof

An architecture firm has suggested replacing the roof of the Notre Dame with a swimming pool. 

The blaze erupted in the UNESCO world heritage landmark in the French capital last month, sending its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky. 

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international competition for architects to rebuild the spire following a special cabinet meeting held by French President Emmanuel Macron, last month.

Mr Philippe said the competition aims at ‘giving Notre Dame a spire adapted to techniques and challenges of our times’.

A number of suggestions have already been put forward but Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) have drawn up plans likely to provoke the ire of traditionalists who want the 12th century gothic cathedral built the way it was before the blaze

The blaze erupted in the UNESCO world heritage landmark in the French capital last month, sending its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky

UMA said: ‘A cathedral is in our opinion not an isolated island in the urban fabric; it belongs to the city and to the people’

A number of suggestions have already been put forward but Ulf Mejergren Architects (UMA) have drawn up plans likely to provoke the ire of traditionalists who want the 12th century Gothic cathedral built the way it was before the blaze. 

The Stockholm-based company’s idea is for a large cross-shaped pool covering the entire area of the roof.

UMA told The Guardian: ‘A cathedral is in our opinion not an isolated island in the urban fabric; it belongs to the city and to the people.’ 

It is one of a number of ideas that have been put forward.  

Award winning architect Vincent Callebaut has submitted his innovative designs for the rebuild of the famous cathedral, which would transform it into a modern, eco-friendly building.

Architect Vincent Callebaut’s stunning re-design of Notre Dame cathedral includes a special crystal glass roof to help the new solar panels power the 850-year-old building 

Inside the clear roof would grow a garden that would produce 21 tonnes of fruit and vegetables each year as part of the new eco-friendly redesign 

The architect’s stunning plans would even see the cathedral in Paris become self-sufficient, producing more energy than it consumes.

Mr Callebaut said this would be done through a special crystal glass on his incredible curved spire, which would absorb light and use it to power the building.

He added the leftover energy could then be re-distributed to nearby buildings for free, while a weekly farmer’s market could be held outside the cathedral for the fruit and vegetables grown there.

The designs have now been submitted to the French Government, who announced an international competition to re-design the spire of the Cathedral.

Prime minister Edouard Philippe made the announcement of the new proposals following a special Cabinet meeting held by the country’s President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the reconstruction of the famous building.

French firm Studio NAB said that it wanted to look at the redesign of Notre Dame as a question of environmental, educational and social integration

Describing his futuristic design, Mr Callebaut said: ‘As we start thinking about Notre Dame’s reconstruction, questions arise as to how we can architecturally summarise the human intelligence of our era and depict the prospects of Catholicism.

Other proposals include architects Studio NAB who come up with the concept of turning the damaged roof into a giant greenhouse.

It would also come with an apiary that takes the place of the spire to house the 180,000 or so bees that survived the devastating blaze.

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