France – “The President trusts the experts and approved the main outlines of the project presented by the chief architect, which plans to reconstruct the spire identically,” said a statement from the Elysee Palace in Paris.
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The new Notre Dame de Paris’ spire will be re-built identically as part of the reconstruction of the roof and other parts of the gothic cathedral which have been compromised by a fire engulfing the iconic landmark during the night of April 14, 2019.
Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre Dame is the most famous Gothic cathedral of the Middle Ages. Situated on the Ile de la Cité, the Parisian island on the Seine river, its architecture is also famous for its many gargoyles and its iconic flying buttresses. The original 93-metre-high spire was created by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1859.
Despite the French Senate stated last year that the cathedral’s rebuilding must have been faithful to its “last known visual state”, Macron called architects to devise “an inventive reconstruction” and said that he planned to “rebuild the Notre Dame so it is even more beautiful than it was”. Former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe even announced an international competition to design the cathedral’s next spire.
The announcement led to an array of controversial proposals on social media, including the one by Studio Fuksas which envisioned a spire made from Baccarat crystal. Studio Miysis imagined a public forest under a conservatory-like roof redesign [Read more].
Macron’s latest announcement put speculations to an end. Last year, the French President also said that the new spire would be ready for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Given that Tokyo Olympics have been postponed by one year to the pandemic, French promises might gain an extra year. Beside that, at least, flamboyant attempts have been halted (so far!). That seems a quite good start, so far.