A FRENCH AND EUROPEAN ICON – Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, Notre-Dame is the most famous of the Gothic cathedrals of the Middle Ages as well as one of the most beloved structures in the world. Situated on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the Seine river, its architecture is famous for, among other things, its many gargoyles and its iconic flying buttresses.
July 13, 2020 – France President Emmanuel Macron announced that Nothre Dame de Paris spire will be a replica of the original one which collapsed in a fire last year. Read more…
WHAT HAPPENED ON THAT DAY
April 15, 2019. A major fire spread on the roof of Notre Dame de Paris.
April 15, 2019. French President Emmanuel Macron rushed to the scene where he tweeted: “This Notre-Dame Cathedral, we will rebuild it. All together. This is part of our French destiny. I am committed to this: from tomorrow a national subscription will be launched, and far beyond our borders.”
April 15, 2019 – In the wake of the disaster, fashion giants LVMH and Kering have pledged € 300 millions of Euros in support. Disney which used the cathedral as the setting for its animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has pledge € 5m while $500,000 video game publisher Ubisoft has pledged; Notre Dame is featured in the Assassin’s Creed: Unity.
April 15, 2019. After 9 hours the arson was finally extinguished. Firefighters waited to enter the building to discover the entity of the damage and to find out which of the many statues, stainglass windows and artworks have been spared or destroyed by the catastrophy.
THE DAYS AFTER…
April 16, 2019 – President Macron made a televised address promising to restore the cathedral in five years, just in time for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games despite experts warn it is likely to take at least 10 years.
April 17, 2019 – French prime minister Edouard Philippe invited architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral.
April 18, 2019 – The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives, and said it was treating it as an accident. According to an Associated Press source the fire was likely caused by an electrical short-circuit.
April 18, 2019 – Drone footage has revealed the shocking extent of the damage to Notre-Dame cathedral.
April 25, 2019 – Since the launch of the competition, a flurry of designers have offered alternative proposals including Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas who proposed adding a contemporary roof and spire made from Baccarat crystal to the cathedral, which would be lit up at night.
May 2, 2019 – In response of Macron’s bid to complete the renovation by 2024, over 1.000 professionals including Rémi Desalbres, president of the association of heritage architects, and Wanda Diebolt, general administrator of the Louvre museum, signed a petition calling for greater consideration over the plan to rebuild Notre-Dame before the Olympics.
“The world is watching us.” Reads the open letter published on Le Figaro. “It is not a gesture of architecture but of millions of gestures, humble and experts, governed by science and knowledge” said the letter.
May 6, 2019 – Belgian visualisation studio Miysis envisioned to create a glass roof and a new iconic spire “that would respect the original style of the iconic cathedral, and would also be representative of our time as well”.
The studio has designed a new space accessible to the public. Plants and trees populate the volume under the glass roof that Notre-Dame intimates use call The Forest while a wooden floor is reminiscent of the original structure that has now disappeared. Miysis proposed rebuilding the spire, “reconstructed identical, by the best craftsmen, dressed in more modern materials and whose appearance is undeniably faithful to the original.” Read more…
May 29, 2019 – The French Senate has passed a bill saying Notre Dame Cathedral must be rebuilt as it was before the fire. It also says that the restoration must recreate Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s spire, and that any use of new materials will need to be justified, reports French newspaper Le Monde.