The roof of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral may not be converted into a swimming pool or a greenhouse after all: Government officials this week okayed a bill mandating that the landmark house of worship be restored precisely as it was, according to a new report.
The French Senate on Monday approved the government’s already existing Notre Dame restoration bill that allowed work on the cathedral to be completed in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024 — but tacked on a clause requiring that the structure be restored to its “last known visual state,” .
The roof of the beloved, 856-year-old Paris cathedral was decimated in — and the iconic spire came tumbling down.
Since the fire, the debate over the structure’s reconstruction has been a contentious one.
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At a press conference in the wake of the blaze, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe proposed an international architecture competition to redesign the cathedral’s spire, saying the project should be “adapted to issues of our time.”
Among the proposals were one by Stockholm-based firm Ulf Mejergren Architects, which earlier this month to turn the roof into a giant cross-shaped public pool, and another by a French firm, studio NAB, which proposed .
But traditionalists who favor the original design recoiled.
One of them is Paris’ socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, who for an “identical restoration” in a Monday tweet.
The bill cannot directly pass into law, according to the report. So now, both the Senate and the National Assembly need to come to an agreement on the version that will become law.