On April 15, 2019, one of the most horrific fires of the year broke out when the roof of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris went up in flames. The inferno lasted for around 15 hours as the world watched in terror. The fire completely destroyed the famous landmarks' iconic spire that collapsed hours after the fire was initially noticed. Most of the wood/metal roof of the gothic architecture cathedral was also destroyed, with only about one-third of the roof remaining. The interior of the cathedral didn't suffer extensive damage thanks to the stone-vaulted ceiling that largely contained the burning roof as it collapsed.

In the following days, French President Emmanuel Macron reassured the public that the historic building could be restored and a fundraising campaign was quickly initiated to help fund the restoration (that could take up to 20 years or more). As of April 22, 2019, over €1 billion was collected.

On April 17, France announced their plans to host a competition to design a replacement spire for the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. French prime minister Edouard Philippe was reported saying that the government was looking for a unique design "adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era." This prompted many architects and designers to power up their creative minds and conjure new images of the roof and the spire. From contemporary glass towers to Gothic stained glass windows, the entries so far offer a fresh reimagination of the classic tourist attraction. Scroll down below to see the cool designs and don't forget to comment and vote for your favorites!

#1

New Spire Designs

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Rob Chapman
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2 years ago

Well, this is the only one on this list that does't look absolutely horrible. But still...

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#2

13 Architects Suggest Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction Designs

Architect Vincent Callebaut's vision draws the ideas of science, art, and spirituality together. The architect suggests uniting the cathedral’s nave, roof, and new spire in a project he titled ‘Palingenesis’, derived from the greek word for ‘rebirth’. It features a garden underneath a three-dimensional crystal glass canopy."transparency, sharing, and openness to our society’s development: such are the ideas conveyed by this new, diaphanous forest of notre dame, outlining the new face of the church in the 21st century," Callebaut explained his vision.

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AR Annahita
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2 years ago

I love it!!

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#3

New Spire Designs

Studio NAB proposes a project that would turn the top of the cathedral into a greenhouse-like structure. The spire, in their vision could house a tower of beehives.

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KCN
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2 years ago

This is a joke, right?

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#4

13 Architects Suggest Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction Designs

"Our Proposal for the new roof and spire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris: A Phoenix rises from the ashes. The spire, clad in sand cast copper panels, emerges from the blackened stainless steel roof supported by flame charred glulam trusses in remembrance of what was and what can become."

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Linda Early
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2 years ago

Doesn't look like a phoenix. Looks cheap.

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#5

New Spire Designs

"A proposal by summumarchi gives access to Notre Dame's attic to make it a commemorative park, with purple colors in memory of the fire, while taking advantage of this enormous generosity of donations to make it a sanctuary for animals and insects even more threatened in cities. May this reconstruction serve the environment, and demonstrate to the rest of the world the knowledge of our French companions of how to deal with magnificent, technical, timeless architecture at the highest level possible. A symbol for future generations."

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Elaine Dodge
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2 years ago

I quite like this one. But not the beam of light out the top. There's too much light pollution as there is and it confuses migratory birds.

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#6

New Spire Designs

Architect Norman Foster proposed turning the cathedral's spire into a “super-slender needle touching heaven’s clouds”. It would give the structure more light, reflecting the contemporary architecture.

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Matt York
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2 years ago

stop trying to futurize a historical building

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#7

New Spire Designs

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Draw to be Brave
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2 years ago

No

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#8

New Spire Designs

"This subject is very sensitive for reasons that are easily understood. The wood that the construction was made out of as well as its assemblages and age make it a remarkable and honorable creation. It is hard to imagine that there would be another option than rebuilding the identical roof structure and the roof by using all the documents we have. Just like the castle of Guédelon, that is being rebuilt using the knowledge of our ancestors, Notre-Dame de Paris could also become a huge open-air educational project. In a few decades, this tragic episode would fade and as a result we would have a brand new roof of the Cathedral. But if we think about it, would we really be satisfied with this result? What other pleasure would we find besides that of comforting us in the certainty that everything is eternal?"

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Matt York
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2 years ago

this looks like it belongs in Dubai

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#9

New Spire Designs

"Our proposal for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral is to use one element that it has the best, the stained glass.
Make all the cover in stained glass, including the tower, with transparency to the inner side, through the opening of the vaults, leaving only the structures flying buttresses.
In Gothic there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colors through the filter of the cover in stained glass.
At night the inner illumination turns into a grandiose retro backlit coverage."

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago

Eeeek, gaudily wrapped Christmas present. NO!

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#10

New Spire Designs

"NOUVELLE DAME - Proposal for a new cover of Notre Dame, París"

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Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

Looks like a cross between a Marvel space embassy and American megachurch.

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#11

New Spire Designs

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Nia Loves Art
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2 years ago

Let it go, let it go...

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#12

13 Architects Suggest Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction Designs

"Upward motion, an idea of mine for Notre Dame’s spire"

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The Girl on Fire
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2 years ago

Why? It's literally just a spike.....

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#13

New Spire Designs

"Today the French architecture board website reads, ’Heritage, ancient or contemporary, is a revealing and structuring element of our culture, and we must inculcate ourselves to keep alive these markers but also built today the markers of our time’.Ultimately, I trust in France’s cultural core and its decision makers to have the audacity to move forward while retaining The Lady’s timeless image. I can only hope the project will be humble but innovative, delicate, beautiful and engaged,created by highly skilled people around a common table."

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago

That weird sheeting looks like it's covering some of the exterior architecture. Why on earth would you do that?

KCN
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, it would look like it was under construction all the time.

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Catherine Todd
Community Member
2 years ago

Spire is OK, but all that light white/gray fabric cover? Horrible for a historic Medieval building. Just awful. It's not the Sydney Opera House!

Carolyn Riddle
Community Member
2 years ago

Once again, I like that the spire echoes the tower design. The roof reminds of the roof at the airport in Denver, Colorado, USA, which is meant to represent teepees. It would look great at an airport or mall.

joel
Community Member
2 years ago

What is this? This looks like something out of Frozen.

Fester Sixonesixonethree
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a Cirque du Soleil tent...

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 years ago

Like worshiping in a tent.

Linda Early
Community Member
2 years ago

Just doesn't look right

Bart Moore
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh good grief!

Susan Mesick
Community Member
2 years ago

Here's a thought-put it back the way it was.....

Coco
Community Member
2 years ago

omg please no!!!

Brenda Owens
Community Member
2 years ago

It doesn’t match.

Matteo Durasevic
Community Member
1 year ago

I don’t HATE the spire but don’t like the new roof:

Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 year ago

🎶 Do you want to build a new spire? Come on let's go and play! 🎶 Seriously, is this supposed to be the castle of an asocial magical Norse queen? And the roof looks like a tarpaulin! It is not the Sunday market square, it is the head of the catholic archdiocese of Paris!

Matteo Durasevic
Community Member
1 year ago

What is that roof around that ugly spear? Just throw the whole idea away!

Nicolò Zuliani
Community Member
1 year ago

Why they can’t just Rebuild it without throwing their ego inside it?

armenian meanie
Community Member
2 years ago

Circus tent

Jose de Herrera
Community Member
2 years ago

None of these ideas integrate at all with the Gothic architecture of the church. Really a glass roof? A swimming pool? A public garden/conservatory? They have no place in any religious building. Stain glass belongs in windows not on the attic roof. The cost of upkeep alone will relegate these atrocities to the garbage heap where they belong. The French government said that modern materials and technologies should be used for reconstruction, it did not say to desecrate the church which is a monument for Humanity and the best example of High Gothic architecture. York Minster in England suffered a similar fate but the English understood well to preserve and maintain the original structure as it had stood for centuries. If any of these atrocious "design and ideas" come to fruition you can bet that a lot of money promised to the rebuilding effort will not be forthcoming.

Monty Glue
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that a tent or just a tarp?

Quinn Alexander
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2 years ago

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Paweł Bożek
Community Member
2 years ago

Is it knited?

Nick Sady
Community Member
2 years ago

My butt has produced nicer things.

Bacony
Community Member
2 years ago

The f**k?

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

Lord of the Rings?

Jane Alexander
Community Member
2 years ago

The tower is more in keeping with the building s design, but those tent things? Whaat?

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#14

13 Architects Suggest Notre Dame Cathedral Reconstruction Designs

"Some say that we should rebuild the spire as it was originally. Others say that we should design a new one. So, let’s build a new one as it was... 8 days ago"

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The Girl on Fire
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2 years ago

This is a joke, right?

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#15

New Spire Designs

"A single element used, stained glass. No new architectural features, no intervention elements (redesign), no ego, no artistic aspirations.
The material specified for this, stained glass, is made of a high-tech glass produced by a renowned and traditional French factory. The glasses have sun protection, without changing the desired aesthetic.
The windows offer greater thermal comfort inside the Cathedral, greater natural light, reduces external noise."

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago

NO! That looks like really ugly Christmas wrapping paper! Gag.

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#16

New Spire Designs

"It’s a tragedy. Nothing would ever return over 850 years of beauty, but it's time to [rebirth] Notre-Dame. In Gothic times builders [tried] to reach the sky, Le Duc [tried] it also in 19th century and have come closer. Now it's possible to make it happen. Lightweight crown that connects heaven with earth."

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh look, the sky's leaking milk into the cathedral

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#17

Notre-Dame-Cathedral-New-Spire-Designs

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Elaine Dodge
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2 years ago

NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!!!!! Oh, hang on... this is a joke, right. In that case... bwahahahahaha!

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