Paris launches international competition to redesign Notre Dame
A new era
Earlier this week, the Notre Dame caught fire in a devastating blaze that saw its centuries-old spire destroyed. In the wake of the disaster, LVMH and Kering donated million of euros to the restoration (as well as a handful of other French businessmen and billionaires) and now, the French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, has announced a new contest to find the architect entrusted with rebuilding the iconic structure.
According to Philippe, the task is to design "a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time". He added, "The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc. Or, as it is often the case in the evolution of heritage, whether we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire. This is obviously a huge challenge, a historic responsibility."
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has set the deadline for 2024 to align with the Summer Olympics. "We'll rebuild Notre Dame even more beautifully and I want it to be completed in five years, we can do it," he said in a press conference.