'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof

as the whole world has been consumed by recent events which ravaged the notre dame in paris, the viennese architectural firm, who cares?!, present an alternative proposal for the restoration of the medieval cathedral. entitled, ‘quasimodo’s penthouse‘, the new concept is based on the eponymous hero of victor hugo’s 1831 novel – the hunchback of notre-dame. after the fire of april 15th 2019 engulfed the roof and spire of one of france‘s most iconic landmarks, the project addresses a question that has not yet been asked – where will the world’s most famous bell ringer live now?

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

all images courtesy of who cares?!



the project adopts a non-conformist approach and takes leave from the gothic architecture which the cathedral is known for. instead, who cares?! proposes a light and green-filled penthouse apartment to be constructed on the roof, allowing quasimodo to enjoy more comfortable accommodation than the dark attic he had become accustomed to. with an area of 8,000 sqft, the famous hunchback will benefit from a new lavish style of living, flooded with beautiful daylight.

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom



the penthouse is flanked on either side by large rooftop gardens on the east and west, offering unforgettable views over the city of paris. and how will quasimodo access his new home? by the helipad on the roof of course. for relaxation, the design also includes a spa with a generous indoor/outdoor pool. after the tragic destruction of such an important building, who cares?! proposes a fantastical dream house for the famous character who helped make the notre dame so well-loved.

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom

'quasimodo’s penthouse' by who cares?! proposes a luxury apartment on notre dame's roof designboom



project info:


project name: ‘quasimodo’s penthouse’

project location: notre dame cathedral, paris, france

architect: who cares?!


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • Proving once again nobody is above shitposting, not even architects…

    Renze Rispens says:
  • I’ll (try to) stay polite.
    This project is one most irrelevant I’ve ever seen on this website.

    Designboom, you really should remove it of your website.

    Parisian_guy says:
  • So classy to propose this thing 2 days after the fire. So courageous to break the codes, so subversive.

    Xavier says:
  • This is hysterical. Shameless buzz building in the modern age, but still comical.

    oneeyedamoeba says:
  • all of the above is true

    arnd says:
  • The concept demonstrates total ignorance of Paris and Notre-Dame. This is a place of worship, not London-style speculative real estate. A helipad in a no-fly zone? A pool on top of a cathedral? so many wrong things here…

    Eric C says:
  • Amid all the deep sadness we have felt collectively for the near total loss of our beloved Notre Dame…at least Quasimodo is getting some new digs!

    Stinky Lula says:
  • I Love it!!!

    Eduardo Sainz says:
  • who cares? we’ve been seeing many valuable provocations which make us to re-question about something and to make innovations from. And we’ve been seeing many meaningless provocations as well which are worth of just laughing at, then forget about. It seems very clear where this provocation belongs to. People behind this proposal may need to be prepared for backlashes regarding their profound disrespect.

    cestidiot says:
  • People, Get a sense of humor! I will share this with my children and have a laugh. Who cares, Right?

    David Smith says:
  • The bare minimum one expects of a Design blog is to assume an editorial position on the projects it promotes. While I’m willing to begrudgingly let slide the often magical PR pieces this webpage often reproduces verbatim in order to keep an eye on whats happenning in the industry, this post is just irreverent for the sake of being irreverent. And it speaks poorly of this website and its editors.

    Why was this posted? Is there a moving aesthetic quality to the project ( No ) , Is there a moving analysis that originates the project? ( No ) This is simply intended to spark controversy.

    I expect better judgement from the design world, and the people that curate and promote it. And frankly so do you dear reader.

    “Im leaving new york” et al. I think this is is for me and Designboom.

    Annoyed says:
  • Hey Guys, Humor Alert. I’ll be sharing with my young daughters. At the end of the day, Who Cares, Right?

    Agave says:
  • No.

    Chrystal M says:
  • A Merry-go-round and the terminal end would look good too..

    Jon Szabo says:
  • brilliant! it can never hurt to take some starch out of the collars of the overlords of the echo chamber

    mike hunt says:
  • There is not enough wood in France anymore for those huge beams – it was cut too early to grow like they did a 1000 years so perhaps a re-think of the whole concept could create not a penthouse like this but a place of worship on a plateau rooftop which would give a view of the whole of Paris and be closer to the heavens and God?

    beachcomber says:
  • Sure, lets create the ultimate real estate for the super-rich.

    Christian Somers says:
  • Ooh, a house mullet on a cathedral. We should’ve seen this coming. Don’t you all have strip malls to work on?

    Baddon says:
  • Some refreshing thought for an old barn 🙂 Love it 🙂

    Slava K says:
  • So much seriousness here… Who cares?! I’m so finally getting laid with that chopper!

    Quasimodo says:
  • formalistic design waste.

    Vic Huang says:
  • Provocative or plain stupid?

    Phrantz says:
  • Dear Friends,
    If you open your eyes, you’d see that this is just a bold way to highlight/criticize this stupid world we live in. Were due an unfortunate fire, the timber roof of this iconic and touristic attraction (among other qualities) were burnt. In less than a week, some generous individuals donate over 1 BILLION Euros for its restoration (according to the news). How solidary is that?
    How different would be this world if we would focus in important things? That money could be used to improve the lives of a huge amount of people who really need it to even survive..
    Welcome to the non-sense.

    Gorka Álvarez says:

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