Aspire for hope: a Notre Dame Cathedral redesign

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A preliminary conceptual vision for the new spire & roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, Since no one seems to wait for the official competition announcement!

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This is just an initial vision sketch, and was triggered by trying to stay true to the destroyed structure, while reinterpreting in a modern language.

“In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the Sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.”

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The choice of Gold for the roof cladding is symbolic to both the fire that engulfed the cathedral and the cathedral itself being the Golden standard of Gothic Architecture.

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The spire is a crystal glass structure, almost double the height of the old spire, and takes the old spire structure, and twists it to a vanishing point, to symbolize that something beautiful can come out of the flames.

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This is just a preliminary concept sketch an is prone to change when developed further.

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