On the evening of Monday 15th of April, the Notre Dame cathedral was engulfed in flames, causing heartbreak across the globe.
While Paris has been struck by disaster, global officials and billionaires have come together to fund a re-build of the historical monument with a current figure of €880 million raised. Contributions from Apple, L’Oreal, Chanel, Dior and Luis Vuitton are included in the restoration fund and following this influx of donations, France is set to launch a new international architectural design competition to focus on the roofline of the structure.
French Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, has said that this is an opportunity to give the building “a spire suited to the techniques and challenges of our time.”
The French President, Emmanuel Macron, promised that the Notre Dame would be rebuilt to be “more beautiful than before” within a timeframe of five years. Evaluating the current state of the building’s oak frame structure which was gutted by the fire, experts have claimed this predicted time period as highly ambitious. Pierluigi Pericolo – a famous French architect – expects the entire rebuild process to take “less than 15 years” and has labelled it as a “colossal task”. Pericolo is no stranger to such high scale redesigning, as he worked on the restoration of the 19th century Nantes basilica, after fire damage in 2015. He states that the time needed to merely check the stability of the framework could take up to 5 years, telling French radio that “It’s a fundamental step, and very complex, because it’s difficult to send workers into a monument whose vaulted ceilings are swollen with water.”