A Paris-based architect has released a "tribute" to the Notre Dame cathedral that imagines the building being transformed into a green power generator using a new roof construction made out of materials including timber, glass and carbon fiber.
Vincent Callebaut Architectures' concept would create more energy than it consumes, according to a release. The design would feature a rooftop garden and a spire designed to work like a "wind powered chimney."
The project aims to be "a symbol of a resilient and ecological future that offers the city Paris a set of solutions inspired by biomimicry," which is a design philosophy that draws inspiration from nature.
"PALINGENESIS, TRIBUTE TO NOTRE-DAME" advocates for an exemplary project in ecological engineering that feels true to its time and avoids a pastiche architecture.— VINCENT CALLEBAUT (@VCALLEBAUT) May 5, 2019
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A "three-dimensional Gothic stained glass graft" used in the roof's construction would generate more than enough electricity to power the cathedral, the concept claims.
The design would allow for natural light and air flow; it draws inspiration from the concept of rebirth. The concept aims to bring attention to "the environmental challenges we are facing through climate change," a release says.
In April, a fire ravaged the iconic church's famous roof, causing Notre Dame’s spire to collapse. After battling flames for nine hours into the night, firefighters were able to save the landmark’s main stone structure.
The Independent reports that Vincent Callebaut Architectures' concept is one of the designs for the roof to be submitted after an international design competition was announced by the French government.
Multiple renderings of the concept have been posted to social media, and more have been published by Vincent Callebaut Architectures.
Contributing: Kim Hjelmgaard and Joey Garrison, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: This striking Notre Dame concept imagines a rooftop garden and solar power generation