on monday, 27 may, the french senate approved the government’s restoration bill for the notre dame cathedral, which was severely damaged during the devastating fire of 15 april, but has added a clause that it must be rebuild to its ‘last known visual state’. the decision has put a halt to the government’s international architectural competition, which so far has sparked a series of imaginative ideas spanning from 3D-printing, to the use of recycled plastic waste for the historic landmark’s restoration.
image © madhurantakam
in light of the news, we round up the craziest, most intriguing, and thoughtful proposals by architects, designers, and artists who have responded to the call during the past month.
studio drift proposes to sustainably rebuild the notre dame using recycled ocean plastic: the material would be sourced from our seas, thus removing tonnes of harmful waste. the collected plastic would then be melted down and reformed to clad the roof of the church, becoming an international symbol for upscale recycling. the color of the roof tiles relates the sky above, while the material would be resistant to any future fires. by using recycled plastic instead of wood, the studio estimates that thousands of trees would be saved.
image courtesy of fuksas
massimiliano and doriana fuksas’ proposal for the notre dame is to create a contemporary structure that dialogues perfectly with the ancient presence. the project for the spire consists of a kind of very high pinnacle made like a baccarat crystal, which, like the roof, can be lit up at night and filled with light. the new element will be a beacon of hope for the future in the night of paris.
vincent callebaut proposes to unite notre dame’s nave, roof, and spire with glass canopy: the response of paris-based architect seeks to bring science, art, and spirituality together. inspired by biomimicry, the design hopes to establish a fairer symbiotic relationship between humans and nature.
studio NAB imagines an educational and inclusive greenhouse on the roof of notre dame: the idea of a rooftop greenhouse allows the notre dame to embrace and become part of environmental, educational and social integration. their proposal intends to seize the intended restructuring as an opportunity to create a place where conservation, enrichment of an exceptional heritage and the challenges of society’s ecology and equal opportunities are all taken into account.
sofia lekka angelopoulou I designboom
may 30, 2019