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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

This is a joke, right?

Kate Ten Pas
Community Member
1 year ago

I mean it's already got bees... https://www.notredamedeparis.fr/en/la-cathedrale/les-informations-insolites/les-abeilles-de-notre-dame-de-paris/

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Waxier Cereal Ai
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1 year ago

Why does everybody hate this? I think it's creative and a good environmental design. It's very different, sure, but not bad (cue downvotes in 3, 2, 1...)

Ana B.
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1 year ago

It is creative, and it does have good environmental design, it just looks kind of ugly honestly. Also it's too modern for such an old building.

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Eagle Girl
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1 year ago

I love the idea of bringing the structure environmentally into the next century while maintaining it's historical integrity.

Nick Sady
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1 year ago

Cancel.

Bruce Daily
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a cathedral, not a park. Trees in the ceiling, potential for water leakage.... not a very good idea.

Quinn Alexander
Community Member
1 year ago

While this is a pleasant idea to go green with reconstruction, modernization is just so contrary to the idea of Notre Dame.

Carolyn Riddle
Community Member
1 year ago

Beside not articulating well with the rest of the building, there is concern about the walls supporting the weight of any roof. This design would be extremely heavy and probably require a lot of maintenance to keep it from leaking. Ever see what roots do to concrete?

patrick mahar
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1 year ago

Gahhhh who let this architecture firm not go out of business?

Andreas Preuss
Community Member
1 year ago

Wrong place to show Eco consciousness.

Fester Sixonesixonethree
Community Member
1 year ago

Boring.

Monty Glue
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1 year ago

A beehive in the center of the building, a few hundred feet above the worshipers. What could possibly go wrong with that?

Cynthia Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

Good grief. Liberals and Atheists should be prohibited from designing ANY churches!

Paweł Bożek
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like a glasshouse full of weed

Ani-87
Community Member
1 year ago

I LOVE this idea!

Godspeed
Community Member
1 year ago

And all the Sunday worshippers would get stung going to church...or would keep them awake.

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 year ago

the church already has bees.

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Coco
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1 year ago

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew

Iris
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1 year ago

Say again ? 😃😃

Matteo Durasevic
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5 months ago

It looks cheap and nasty.FYI the reason I deleted my other comment was due to a spelling error

Matteo Durasevic
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5 months ago

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armenian meanie
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11 months ago

Wow. Hot and humid inside. What every cathedral should be.

Edwin Quantrall
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1 year ago

A beehive on the Cathedral grounds is a good idea, but that new roof and spire are not.

Sharon Vaughn
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1 year ago

And what's to keep the bees from entering the sanctuary and bothering the people?

Elaine Dodge
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1 year ago

The church already has bees.They don't bother the people.

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Nora Tak
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1 year ago

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Susan Hepp-Cymbalista
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1 year ago

There already ARE beehives up there! They survived the fire!

Laura Warren
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1 year ago

I think the greenhouse roof with the forced inside looks gorgeous I don't really like the spire I don't know if the weight is it reasonable for having all those trees and whatever inside of their I think that can cost a whole lot of money in upkeep

Laura Warren
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1 year ago

Forest not "forced"

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Robin Sneed
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1 year ago

I think it would be nice to have vertical growing of fruits and vegetables inside for sustainability. Beautiful design!

未周 陸
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1 year ago

Aaaah, Yes! Greenhouse ... Guessed it Correctly!

Linda Early
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1 year ago

I like the spire.

la rana
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1 year ago

Gregor Mendel likes this

Kryogen
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1 year ago

I hope the priests will have gardener formation...

Ralph Crown
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1 year ago

Only if you run trellises of lilies up the flying buttresses and add real roses to the rose windows.

Elisabeth Bergbom
Community Member
1 year ago

You're kidding me right?

Rob Chapman
Community Member
1 year ago

NO....just no.

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I like this idea. It should have antique roses growing in the greenhouse. Can you imagine the perfume floating down into the cathedral? But the spire should look like the old one. The one in #3.

Burgerking Footlettuce
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1 year ago

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Have you thought of allergies???

Aunt Messy
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1 year ago

Two steps out the door and you’re in Pollen Central. And the doors are ALWAYS open.

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Elisabeth Bergbom
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1 year ago

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Culture is culture, religion is religion, build your friggin beehives, sure, but not on friggin Notre Dame. Consider allergies, and what if the bees found some way out in the building, say, in the middle of a wedding?

Night Owl
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1 year ago (edited)

The Notre Dame building is a state property since 1905 (which also means they were responsible for fire insurance ... which the cathedral didn't have) and there already are/were beehives on the roof and the bees survived the fire (I'm NOT saying this idea or design is good) --------------------------> https://www.notredamedeparis.fr/friends/history/ https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/19/europe/notre-dame-bees-fire-intl-scli/index.html

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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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
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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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
1 year ago

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

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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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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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