A Design Firm Proposed A Rooftop Pool For The Notre Dame Cathedral
A Swedish Design Firm proposed a cross shaped swimming pool on the roof of the Notre Dame Cathedral
As I'm sure we all know, the iconic 856 year old Notre Dame Cathedral suffered significant damages from a fire back in April. Since then, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe proposed an unofficial international architecture competition to redesign the cathedrals spire saying "the project should be adapted to issues of our time."
Although the competition hadn't been officially announced, some firms jumped on the opportunity to propose some unique concepts. Notably, Swedish design firm Ulf Mejergren Architects who proposed a cross shaped swimming pool on the roof. They stated that they think the cathedral looks much better without both the spire and the lead clad roof. The design was so unique that it generated a lot of buzz from media outlets like Travel and Leisure, The Guardian, the LA Times, and Business Insider.
"We are proposing a meditative public space; a complementary spatial experience to the building with unmatched views over Paris," a spokesperson for the design firm told Lonely Planet. "We think that the cathedral looks much better without both the spire and the lead-clad roof."
The cross-shaped pool would be watched over by statues of the 12 apostles, which have been restored after being rescued from the fire.
And while the images are compelling and the concept super cool, I have a feeling the Cathedal might be restored to its original state with the exceptions of some modern day upgrades to infrastructure. Even experts such as Florian Renuuci, a master mason at the experimental medieval building site at Guedewlon in Burgundy, says that the cathedral should be restored to its original glory. He says "we must respect the spirit of that work."
Afterall its one of the finest examples of french Gothic Architecture. The Gothic period was a high point in Architecture he told The Guardian. "If we do it right it will last another 1000 years."
But French Parliament already previously passed a law to ensure the reconstruction remains faithful to what came before and reconstruction is already underway having resumed on August 19th with French President Emmanuel Macron ambitiously hoping to finish the restoration within the next five years.
And as much as I'm pro swimming pools, I agree with Renucci. We should restore these relics back to their original states. But we can still dream!