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A four-bedroom home in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles is already a stunning modern abode with seamless indoor-outdoor living. But there's one detail in particular that makes the 2,700-square-foot property stand out. It was designed from the ground-up by Rogerio Carvalheiro of RCDF Studio, the runner-up in the independent People's Notre Dame Cathedral Competition.
This past April, the world watched in horror as the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire, with the iconic spire collapsing into the flames. Millions showed their support, and a pledge to rebuild the landmark quickly followed the tragedy. The competition was held to figure out a vision for the next steps of the design for Notre Dame Cathedral, and Carvalheiro was ranked second out of 226 entries from 56 countries with over 30,000 votes compiled.
Carvalheiro, who also serves on the Chair of the City of West Hollywood's Planning Commission and teaches at UCLA's Graduate School of Interior Architecture, had a vision of restoring the remaining fragile structure while adding an inflatable fiberglass roof (like those found in stadiums) and a holographic projection of the spire at night.
"In the daylight, purists have the church they prefer," he told GoArchitect. "At night, the lantern rooftop with light-projected spire satisfies the modernists and provides a counterpoint to the Eiffel Tower and also gestures to the history of the church."
While he didn't get to work on the historic building, Carvalheiro did get to put his skills to work on the incredible Venice structure. His vision for the beachy bungalow includes three bathrooms with numerous luxury features, including European Fumed White Oak floors, Calcutta marble, hidden wine storage, Artek Golden Bell lighting, free-standing soaking tub, walls of glass, and various smart home systems.