LOOK: Architects Propose Green Notre Dame

It's designed to produce more energy than it uses.

(SPOT.ph) There was very little onlookers could do when a massive fire broke out at the centuries-old Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, destroying the church's central spire and most of its wooden roof. Moving forward, France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe opened an international competition two days later, calling on architects to help rebuild the cathedral. Rising up to the challenge, Vincent Callebaut Architectures came up with a proposal featuring an innovative, eco-friendly, and sustainable design for the fallen roof and spire.

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Dubbed as "Paligenesis," the innovative proposal advocates for a "resilient and ecological future," taking into consideration the environmental challenges we are facing today. The firm proposes that the new roof be made of glass, carbon fiber, and oak, seeking to "use the minimum amount of material to ensure a low-carbon footprint." Furthermore, it's designed to house a garden farm that can produce "up to 21 tons of vegetables and fruits" each year.

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Aside from this, the proposed roof-spire is also capable of producing electricity through solar energy. The "crystalline scales" on the roof, which open to create a natural air flow towards the top of the spire, offer ventilation and prevent a "greenhouse effect" from occuring. Come winter, the structure is designed to serve as a thermal buffer space that accumulates hot air.

"We advocate for an exemplary project in ecological engineering the feels true to its time," says Vincent Callebaut Architectures in its proposal. "Circular economy, renewable energies, inclusive social innovation, urban agriculture, protection of biodiversity, without forgetting beauty and spiritual elecation: our reconstruction project feeds on such values to deliver a deep, conscious meaning."

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