Architect Says Hopes Olympics 2024 In Paris Could Spur On Notre Dame Reconstruction

Architect Says Hopes Olympics 2024 in Paris Could Spur On Notre Dame Reconstruction

Regis Chaumont, the president of the National Union of Professional French Architects Unions (UNSFA), told Sputnik he was hoping that the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Paris would become a driving force behind the reconstruction on Notre Dame Cathedral damaged by fire

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 17th April, 2019) Regis Chaumont, the president of the National Union of Professional French Architects Unions (UNSFA), told Sputnik he was hoping that the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Paris would become a driving force behind the reconstruction on Notre Dame Cathedral damaged by fire.

The iconic cathedral sustained serious damage in a fire that began on Monday evening and was fully extinguished only the next morning. French President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation on Tuesday that Notre Dame would hopefully be rebuilt within five years.

"The reconstruction work will, in fact, last from three to five years. However, the consultations and administrative procedures could exceed two years. Let us hope that the objective of Olympic Games 2024 in Paris will be a great driving force," Chaumont said.

The people charged with the reconstruction will have to decide whether to use contemporary materials or match what was used before, the UNSFA president remarked.

"The reinforcement of the stonework, whose balance is extremely precarious [will be another challenge] ... The stabilization of the stonework is urgent," Chaumont told Sputnik.

In addition, the decision will have to be made on whether to open the cathedral to public during reconstruction, he added.

The 850-year-old cathedral underwent major renovation in the 19th century. It was during that restoration project that architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc added the cathedral's iconic spire, which collapsed in the fire. An international contest among architects will be held to replace the spire, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said earlier on Wednesday.

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