The roof was proposed to be made of glass, oak and carbon fiber. It will generate electricity, heat and energy for the ventilation of the cathedral.
Parisian architectural bureau Vincent Callebaut Architectures presented a project of restoration of the fire destroyed by Notre Dame called “Palingenesis”. Photos and information about the project published on the website of the bureau.
Architects associate the project with the Greek concept of rebirth or rest. The bureau proposed to create a roof of glass, oak and carbon fiber, and install a copper rooster on the steeple removed from under the roof fragments. He must remain a “spiritual lightning rod” and a protector of believers. The cathedral will “bathe in the natural light,” the architects said.
On the roof itself they suggested placing an orchard and a vegetable garden – they will be managed by charitable organizations and volunteers. As planned by the authors, the garden will produce free food for local residents in need – “in this way, you can harvest up to 21 tons of fruits and vegetables a year; for this purpose, a farmers’ market will work every week in the courtyard of the cathedral.”
The architects said that the roof and spire will generate electricity, heat and energy for ventilation of the cathedral. The main idea of the project is the transformation of Notre Dame into “a building with positive energy that produces more than it consumes”. The authors believe that their design will make the restored cathedral a new face of the church in the 21st century.
On April 15, one of the main sights of France – Notre Dame de Paris – burned partially . The cathedral was put out after a few hours, but the roof, the spire and the clock of the building collapsed completely. On April 17, the French Prime Minister announced an international competition of architects for the restoration of Notre Dame.