As a response to Notre-Dame’s tragic fire, Shepherd Studio developed a possible temporary reconstruction: the proposal is entitled ‘divine intervention’.
The ‘divine intervention’ by Shepherd Studio includes a huge inflatable balloon-like protective layer that would sit on top of the gothic monument. The solution is temporary; the giant inflatable would take to the sky at night and only come down during the day. See pictures below!
The balloon takes the original shape of the structure and becomes a fantastic inflatable, sitting on top of the prestigious cathedral.
As Notre-Dame sits within its conservative context, any permanent addition would require sensitive evaluation, a process which may require years. As such, the balloon intends to allow architects and designers to reflect, imagine, and explore within the ‘volume’ of the bubble sitting on top of the prestigious cathedral.
Shepherd Studio always tries to provide creative solutions that range from architectural, spatial, digital, and product based designs. They use a trans-disciplinary way of thinking, in a pursuit to actualise the possibilities of human imagination through analytical, rational, and logical inquiry.
Other alternatives for the Notre-Dame Cathedral have been presented. To name but a few, the Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas imagined a contemporary roof and spire made from Baccarat crystal to the cathedral, which would be lit up at night.
Cyprus collaborative architectural studio Kiss The Architect has proposed rebuilding the spire with an eclectic mix of arches and balls wrapped around a central staircase.
What do you think? Which option is your favorite one?