Snøhetta considers tender for Notre-Dame spire

Snøhetta Notre-Dame Paris spireEmployees of Snøhetta. Photo: Snøhetta

Snøhetta is considering the architectural competition to draw spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral

The architectural office, Snøhetta, is considering participation in the international architectural competition to draw a new main spire at Notre-Dame in Paris.

The architectural office, which is behind the opera house in Bjørvika, told NRK that they will consider entering the competition to draw the main spire on the famous cathedral, which a few days ago was hit by a heavy fire.

‘’We will consider participating in a competition to draw the spire. As one of the world’s most important historical monuments, it is a task one must show great respect’’ said one of the founders of Snøhetta, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

On Wednesday, France’s Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe, said architects around the world will have to compete to rebuild the sore of the Notre-Dame cathedral. The aim of the architectural competition is to “give Notre-Dame a spire that is adapted to the technique and the challenges we have today” said Phillipe.

According to Snøhetta founder, Thorsen, the architectural office will try to find a partner that specialises in historical buildings in Paris, and which is licensed to operate with protected buildings.

Another company that may want to participate in the competition is Jensen & Skodvin architect office AS. The company has not decided but will consider the task description when it arrives.

The general manager of Jensen & Skodvin, Jan Olav Jensen, believes that the competition will have massive international participation.

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