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An award-winning architect has unveiled his grand plans for the fire-damaged Notre Dame cathedral spire which would make it solar powered and even include a garden to grow 21 tonnes of fruit and vegetables each year.
Vincent Callebaut has submitted his innovative designs for the rebuild of the famous cathedral, which would transform it into a modern, eco-friendly building.
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The architect's stunning plans would even see the cathedral in Paris become self-sufficient, producing more energy than it consumes.
Mr Callebaut said this would be done through a special crystal glass on his incredible curved spire, which would absorb light and use it to power the building.
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He added the leftover energy could then be re-distributed to nearby buildings for free, while a weekly farmer's market could be held outside the cathedral for the fruit and vegetables grown there.
The designs have now been submitted to the French Government, who announced an international competition to re-design the spire of the Cathedral.
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At one point during the nine-hour inferno, the flames threatened the entire edifice, until it was brought under control.
The blaze erupted in the UNESCO world heritage landmark in the French capital last month, sending its spire and roof crashing to the ground as flames and clouds of smoke billowed into the sky.
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Prime minister Edouard Philippe made the announcement of the new proposals following a special Cabinet meeting held by the country's President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the reconstruction of the famous building.
Describing his futuristic design, Mr Callebaut said: 'As we start thinking about Notre Dame's reconstruction, questions...
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