The fire that ravaged Notre Dame last month destroyed a large portion of the iconic structure. A number of unique designs have been put forth to rebuild the fire-damaged roof and spire area, but a rooftop pool is definitely the most daring!
Swedish design firm Ulf Mejergren Architects proposed the idea of a rooftop pool that would encompass the entire rooftop space of the cathedral, reports Lonely Planet.
A spokesperson from the firm said, “Given that we’re in the epicentre of Paris, the world’s cultural capital and a city filled with joie de vivre, we’re not planning on rebuilding the roof as it was. We are proposing a meditative public space; a complementary spatial experience to the building with unmatched views over Paris. We think that the cathedral looks much better without both the spire and the lead-clad roof.”
The cross-shaped pool on the Notre Dame will be watched over by the 12 apostles that were rescued and restored after the fire. Imagine taking a swim as you overlook the Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur!
The Road Ahead for the Notre Dame Restoration
After the fire at Notre Dame, the French government launched an international competition for architects and designers to submit their ideas for the restoration. This has however led to a debate between traditionalists who want the Notre Dame to be restored in its original form; versus others who want to re-imagine it with new designs, such as the swimming pool. Notre Dame purists like Florian Renucci, a master mason said, “We must respect the spirit of that work. The Gothic period was a high point in architecture. If we do it right it will last another 1,000 years.”
These new ideas received a blow when the French Senate officially approved the government’s Notre-Dame restoration bill; but added a clause stating that it had to be restored in exactly the same way as it originally was.
Other potential designs suggested a rooftop garden, a roof made of crystal and an ‘endless’ spire of light. French President Emmanuel Macron has stated that he wants the structure to be rebuilt ‘more beautifully’; within the next five years. The deadline has possibly been set to coincide with the Paris Olympics in 2024.