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.  

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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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  • My first thought was how inspiring and glorious is the new roof/ceiling for the Cathedral. However, I now know that this is only a concept, but what a concept. Modern, yes. Beautiful, yes. Historical? Insulting? Vulgar? Certainly not, and to those who believe that this concept is an insult to those who originally designed and built this magnificence, I don’t believe that idea for one second.

    David Glover
    Nov 02, 2020
  • Not a fan, although it is beautiful and I like the concept of a glass roof, however this is just to modern and is almost an insult to the cathedral. Does not respect history.

    Nancy Ratliff
    Oct 25, 2020
  • As Elizabeth noted, the re-engineering of the existing structure would be enormous. Notre Dame only survived the fire because the majority of the ceiling vaulting remained in the air. Had it not, the weight of the buttresses pressing inward would have imploded the building bringing the walls down into the nave – likely taking the towers down with them as they went. Glass is quite heavy so so a new framework to counterweight the buttresses might not be necessary, but to remove the vaulting entirely is to cast aside the brilliance of the engineers from centuries ago who found a way to defy gravity and still fill the sanctuary with light. In addition to this, and the other valuable points that Elizabeth makes, it would fundamentally change the acoustics for which that sanctuary is renowned. It also fails to observe the miracle that the damage was not so severe that the building was lost for all time.

    Donald Smith
    Oct 24, 2020
  • 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
  • In most cases, I don’t care for revered history being crashed into extreme modern, however, I like the light, color spectrums , and immense feeling of volume this would give those already towering columns and gables.

    Imagine spreading out on one of those empty pews with the candles flickering and the quiet then looking through that twisty colored glass up to the sky?

    I think it would be transported magic.

    Madeline
    Oct 07, 2020
  • That’s the worst one yet. Some of the more progressive designs have been very original while still holding a vector towards the numinous. This looks completely uninspired and nonsensical, like it was stolen from Tim Burton’s rejected bin after shooting Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

    Adam
    Oct 07, 2020
  • THIS IS GREAT BUT WHERE IN THE WORLD WILL YOU FIND A COMPANY THAT CAN MAKE THAT SIZE GLASS PANELS? AND IN THINKING MAYBE THAT CLEAN FLOWING DESIGN MAY LOOK TO MODERN AND MINIMILIST WITH THE GOTHIC LOOK OF THE REST OF THE BUILDING. MAYBE THE PANELS SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO LOOK MORE LIKE NORMAL STAINED GLASS WINDOWS , BUT I LOVE THE SWOOPING LINES OF YOUR DESIGN

    Anny Seavey
    Oct 07, 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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