Seven alternative spires for Notre-Dame Cathedral

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Since the fire devastated Notre-Dame Cathedral and the French prime minister announced a competition to replace its spire, a flurry of designers have offered alternative proposals. Here are seven of the most interesting.

Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas have proposed adding a contemporary roof and spire made from Baccarat crystal to the cathedral, which would be lit up at night.

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur proposes replacing the spire not with a replica of what was built 150 years ago, but what was there during the fire.

Bratislava based Vizumatelier’s proposal for the spire is a lightweight tower topped with a beam of light that will shine directly upward.

“In gothic times builders try to reach the sky. Viollet le Duc tried it also in the 19th century and came closer. Now it’s possible to make it happen,” said the studio.

Cyprus collaborative architectural studio Kiss The Architect has proposed rebuilding the spire with an eclectic mix of arches and balls wrapped around a central staircase.

São Paulo-based architecture practice AJ6 Studio imagines Notre-Dame being rebuilt with a roof and spire made almost entirely from stained glass.

Russia architect Alexander Nerovnya proposes combining a fully glass roof with a more traditional spire structure.

“When people come to see the cathedral they will feel a powerful connection to the history seeing the ancient and the modern parts together,” explained Nerovnya.

French architect and artist David Deroo has created a design for “an idealistic representation of how Notre-Dame could be re-built”. The visualisation shows a modernised version of the roof and spire that retains much of the original’s forms.

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