France scraps creative Notre-Dame restoration, opts for original rebuild

France scraps creative Notre-Dame restoration, opts for original rebuild

The French Senate has poured cold water on imaginative ways to rebuild the Notre-Dame in Paris

Notre Dame.
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Notre Dame.

An international architecture and design competition to rebuild Notre Dame after its spire was destroyed in a fire on 15 April has been all but killed off by the French Senate.

The upper house of the French Parliament ruled that Notre Dame must be restored to its last original state, meaning creative ideas for its restoration, such as building a greenhouse or swimming pool above the Gothic cathedral, are essentially over.

It brings to an end an international competition set up by the French government to find the best design for the historical monument. While the competition would appear to be over, it inspired a series of imaginative ideas. These are some of Commercial Interior Design's favourite concepts for Notre Dame.

Parisian design house Studio NAB put forward plans to build a rooftop greenhouse that would transform Notre Dame into a centre of environmental, urban, and educational integration. The company also planned to build a beehive inside the spire, providing jobs to locals who could become beekeepers.

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"La Couronne Divine" @yuriytitarev "Our proposal for the restoration of the Notre Dame Cathedral is to use one element that it has the best, the stained glass. Make all the cover in stained glass, including the tower, with transparency to the inner side, through the opening of the vaults, leaving only the structures flying buttresses. In Gothic there is the connection of the earth to the sky, and inside the Cathedral, the natural illumination multiplies in colors through the filter of the cover in stained glass. At night the inner illumination turns into a grandiose retro backlit coverage. A single element used, stained glass. No new architectural features, no intervention elements (redesign), no ego, no artistic aspirations. Only a religious purpose! Whatever the choice of this restoration, may God enlighten the "Notre Dame", preferably in a stained glass cover Amen." Alexandre Fantozzi is not intervention, "redesign", is restoration! It is not competition of better 3d render, it is only idea of restoration project #lacouronnedivine @notredamedeparis @notredameproposal @alexandre_fantozzi @carvalho.juf @aj6studio @morpholio @architizer @adesignersmind @architecture_hunter @designboom @wallpapermag @archdaily @archdailybr @archdigest @architectanddesign @architecturenow @archello @notredame @saintgobaingroup @saintgobainbrasil @saintgobainglassbrasil @editoramonolito @carolinedemaigret @antoniospadaro @parisfutur @wazou_75 @seemyparis @vivreparis @labnf @vogueparis @glamurama @gnt @ad_magazine @thecoolhunter_@time #nytimes @babaktafreshi @designmilk @artbasel @artsytecture @instadaconexao @fernandoguerra @parisenespanol #notredame #notredameparis #paris #france #aj6 #aj6studio #morewithless #vitral #stainedglass #vitrail #arquitetura #architecture #architettura #saintgobain #saintgobainbr #glass #verre #lilysafra #restauration #notredesign #restoration #fantozzi #alexandrefantozzi #designer #iluminationdesign #stainedglasswindows #cathedral #parisjetaime

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Alexandre Fantozzi, creative partner at Brazil's Aj6 Studio, submitted a stained glass design for Notre Dame that captured the imagination.

Vizum Atelier from Slovakia became somewhat Instagram-famous with a design of a stream of light reaching into the sky.

Other designers included one from Sweden-based Ulf Mejergren Architect, which envisioned a swimming pool atop the Notre Dame.

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