Architects are submitting plans and bids to repair the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It was recently gutted by a fire.
One architect firm wants to build a large cross-shaped pool on the roof of the 850-year-old cathedral so the public can swim there. The Stockholm architects tell The Guardian newspaper, ”A cathedral is in our opinion not an isolated island in the urban fabric; it belongs to the city and to the people.”
Some want the cathedral restored to exactly how it looked before, while others think the restoration should marry together the old and the new. (CLICK HERE to see a selection of the ideas)
The French government has launched an international competition so architects can submit their ideas, and some suggestions received so far include a rooftop garden, an ‘endless’ spire of light and a roof made of crystal.
However the French government has promised that the people will be consulted.