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Norman Foster wants to give Notre Dame a contemporary makeover

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Norman Foster has suggested his ideas for the rebuild of Notre Dame (Pictures: Getty/REX)

Norman Foster has suggested his ideas for the rebuild of Notre Dame (Pictures: Getty/REX)

Leading British architects are lining up to submit their ideas for the reconstruction of Notre Dame, with some big changes in store.

An international competition has been launched to create an alternative for the spire which collapsed in the 15-hour blaze, with the likes of world renowned architect Norman Foster in the running.

Some suggest it could become a super-slender needle touching heavens clouds, a crystal spire, or even build a roof made entirely out of glass.

President Emmanuel Macron announced the landmark 856-year-old cathedral will be rebuilt even more beautifully within five years but experts say it could take longer.

Baron Foster, best known for designing Londons 30 St Mary Axe, or The Gherkin and Germanys the Reichstag, told The Times the new spire should be a work of art about light.

The spire collapsed in the blaze that engulfed the roof (Picture: Patrick Anidjar/AFP/Getty)

The spire collapsed in the blaze that engulfed the roof (Picture: Patrick Anidjar/AFP/Getty)

Baron Foster said it should be work of art about light (Picture: James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock)

Baron Foster said it should be work of art about light (Picture: James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock)

The Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect believes the new Notre Dame should be contemporary and very spiritual and capture the confident spirit of the time.

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Meanwhile, Ian Ritchie, known for designing the 120-metre tall Spire of Dublin, told The Times his entry submission includes a spire that would be a refracting, super-slender reflecting crystal to heaven.

It would be made of crystal, stainless steel and glass and said it would be a celestial gothic style.

He said: I think it would need to be perforated – at least 50 per cent empty space to eliminate wind loads – and could be a beautiful contemporary tracery of glass crystals and stainless steel.

Ray Makin, head of architecture practice Atelier MB, suggested a glass roof for the refuRead More – Source

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