When the architects were unleashed in this dwelling, a narrow sixth century quickly turned into a unique one-room.
Too many people should live centrally in living in an apartment. And the more central you want to live, its more expensive is the square meter price of homes. Something like too many means that in order to afford to live where you want to live, you must be willing to sacrifice something. And something is usually space.
There are many challenges to stay compact, and if you live in a small space, you need to be very good at finding creative solutions in place – and storage problems. And not least, be critical of what you really need and what you can do without.
In this apartment in Paris, according to the design and architecture site, Homeadore was the starting point for the entire design to take the challenge of space shortage on tight arm. Somebody must say that the architects from h2o architects are clear with shine.
From six to one place
When the young French advertising manager took over the apartment centrally in Paris, the 60 m2 apartment was divided into no less than 6 different rooms. And with 7 different doors as directed from the hallway alone. The first architects did was to get rid of doors and walls for a room-loose solution, most of which hangs together.
The challenge with this residence was that we had to think completely new when it came to space and the use of space, explains architect Antoine Santiard at h2o architects to Arch Daily Architecture Arch Daily.
– The owner wanted a home that was different from the homes most, with a modern feeling, and not least storage space for his belongings, and especially his large collection of comic magazines.
The architect explains:
One of the biggest challenges was the layout of the apartment, which was anything but square, but consisted of arched walls and corners. But the lack of straight lines utilized us by letting curved shapes and unique geometry reflect in the shape of the new decor, including the freestanding large bookshelf that dominates the center of the apartment.
According to the architects, the owner of the apartment was very open to their ideas and inputs, which made the job of Front and Back Apartement – as the project was called – more exciting for the architects who were to draw and plan the small dwelling.
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– Among other things, the client had expressed the wish to have as few free-standing furniture as possible, explains Santiard.
– Furniture, of course, reduces the floor space and the available space in each room or zone, and in order to meet his desire, we utilized the ability to hide “rooms” and functions in shelves or in the wall.
Hidden “spaces” in the walls
Multiple storage rooms, shower, freezer compartment, wardrobe / dressing room and media storage are all integrated in the room.
– Alkover and cavity scattered around also conceals the client’s large collection of comic magazines, explains the architect.
– The same applies to the bathroom, which is also “hidden” in the wall, and “furniture” like breakfast bar and desk.
The result is a dwelling where there is no room in the traditional sense of the word but creatively found space for niches, shelves and corner areas that hide everything the resident would need and want from home.
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The interior is floating
Architect Santiard believes that some of the absolute most exciting with this apartment is the way the entire home, the perception of it and, in particular, uses can be changed with simple grip.
– When thinking about the narrow, enclosed housing this was, with 6 rooms spread over just 60m2, it’s hard to imagine when standing in the open, bright and functional apartment the appears as today.
The most central feature of the apartment is the large white “bookshelf” that is located in the middle of the room. Here, shelves and niches of various sizes and depth provide the owner with plenty of room for storing everything he needs to keep.
– Where the shelf on one side of the shelf is small, the shelf on the opposite side of the wall is all the more deep, leaving room for bigger things and functions, “explains Santiard.
– Collecting all the storage in this, which is basically the same furniture, makes the floor space released and the space feeling in the home increases.
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Contrasts make the interior alive
In the small apartment the floor is kept in black, whereas walls are largely white. But what is noticeable at first eye throw is probably the color of the colors that pop up here and there.
– Many people who decorate small homes are afraid to use strong colors, Santiard explains.
– But by playing contrasts, an otherwise neutral interior adds both depth and excitement, which helps to “trick” the eye into thinking that the room is larger than it is initially.
The architect explains:
How old do you think this home is?
– The starting point was that the owner wanted a home with a fresh, young style. In addition to being personally concerned with comics, as is known, they are both colorful and graphic in the expression. Thus, the road was open to us to play us with the addition of moths on different interior details, like in some shelves, and on the surfaces of the kitchen and the office.
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