Notre Dame, restored in Apple Store glass

From “Apple Store architect wants to use only glass to rebuild Notre-Dame’s roof and spire” posted Thursday on

apple store notre dame glassEight Inc, the studio that developed the Apple Store concept, wants to accurately reconstruct Notre-Dame’s roof and spire using structural glass.

After the French senate passed a bill stating Notre-Dame Cathedral must be returned to its “last known visual state”, Eight Inc has suggested that this could be achieved using a modern material…

Like the Apple Stores, this latest proposal centres around the idea of transparency. Structural glass is thicker and tougher than standard glass, so it can be installed without the visual mess of a supporting framework.

“The spiritual and luminous qualities of the material allows for both the accurate representation of the form of the original design but also implies the impermanence of architecture and the impermanence of life,” reads the project description.

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My take: “I don’t think the French will go for it.” writes Techmeme’s Devin Coldewey. I’m not so sure about that. Has he seen the Pyramid of the Louvre?


  1. Ralph McDarmont said:
    What a dumb idea Eight Inc. Given our technical abilities today, the cathedral should be restored to its former exact appearance and characteristics, maybe with a little fire prevention technology.

    June 7, 2019
  2. Gregg Thurman said:

    It was the permanence of the cathedral that made it such an icon (this from an atheist).

    June 7, 2019

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