a stained glass roof twists into a spire for this alternative vision of notre dame cathedral

a stained glass roof twists into a spire for this alternative vision of notre dame cathedral

if you thought you’d seen the last of radical proposals on how to rebuild the notre dame cathedral, then think again. despite french president emmanuel macron having declared that paris’ beloved building would be restored to it’s original state before the fire of april 15th 2019, dutch architecture studio, trsnfrm, has shared their alternative concept for a sculptural glass roof that twists into a spire.  

trnsfrm shares an alternative vision of notre dame with stained glass spire designboom

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the history and cultural heritage of the notre dame cathedral serves as the starting point for trnsfrm‘s design. in respect of the building’s 800 year history, the concept is conceived of first and foremost as a place of worship. to replace the destroyed roof and spire, the architects propose a contemporary sculpture made from colored glass. the idea is partly inspired by the new basilica of our lady guadalupe in mexico city by the late architect pedro ramirez vazquez and the galleria vittorio emanuele in milan. here a huge roof structure embraces the people inside.

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the sculpture is made out of stained glass, in this case, fixed in a steel frame. as a result, during the day, the stained glass sculpture brings sunlight into the cathedral. at night, the interior lighting of the cathedral creates the opposite effect. the sculpture becomes a ‘glow in the dark’ point of reference on the parisian skyline.

trnsfrm shares an alternative vision of notre dame with stained glass spire designboom

trnsfrm shares an alternative vision of notre dame with stained glass spire designboom

trnsfrm shares an alternative vision of notre dame with stained glass spire designboom

a stained glass roof twists into a spire for this alternative vision of notre dame cathedral

a stained glass roof twists into a spire for this alternative vision of notre dame cathedral   

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  • I find it superb and logical, trying to rebuild as it was, for me is boring. Look at la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain, you need appointment to go in, and the money flowing constant.

    REGO LUIS FELIPE
    Oct 12, 2020
  • It is about respect…If something like this was allowed to actually befall one of our significant legacies of architecture, then why not suggest that all architecture should only be allow to exist for…???…let’s say five years, before the original design of is complete erroweded by something complete opposites from the ortingal architects work…

    To achieve the status of “historic archtiecture,” comes with it a level of respect and ethos of maintaining them as created…not bastardized to fit a modern aesthetic or the bombastic (and often narcissistic) egos of architects today…

    Jay C. White Cloud
    Oct 08, 2020
  • Norte Dame is my favorite building in the world & this stained glass remodel would be so very perfect. The lines of the glass perfectly mirror the lines of the church. I hope this happens. So beautiful.

    Cheri Pann
    Oct 07, 2020
  • Imagine the problems
    1. The revamping of the infrastructure just to hold this monstrosity.
    2. How to keep the interior cooled in such a way as not to destroy relics inside.
    3. The condensation accumulation has the possibility to destroy the relics as well as the actual building.
    4. How would a much needed fire suppression system be installed under such a design as this.

    This historic building, along with the faithful that congregate there and historic architecture buffs was EXTREMELY lucky that the damage was not more severe.

    I am not catholic, nor seen this magnificent building in anything other than a photo, but I find this conceptual idea disrespectful. Not just to the church, or attendees but to the masters who sacrificed blood sweat and tears. But also to the historic icons buried there.

    Elizabeth Watson
    Oct 07, 2020

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