House On The Roof / FREAKS freearchitects

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Architects: FREAKS freearchitects
Location: Saint-Ouen 93, , France
Project area: 94 sqm
Project year: 2009

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FREAKS freearchitects answered an add from a private client wishing to build an extension on the roof of an existing building in Saint-Ouen (northern neighbourhood of Paris).

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It actually was not about an extension but the aim was to welcome a new neighbour to be installed on the roof of the client house. The project had to deal with the existing configuration of the building where the client and his family were living (and where they were still leaving during the time of the building process).

The client decided to build the whole project on his own. So we proposed to go for an construction process easy to manipulate based on wood particles and prefabricated (Finn Forest®).

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plan and section

Details and materials are basic so then the building process did not took too long and the new neighbour family was able to arrive within the expected schedule.

Self-construction in addition with basic materials explain why the total amount of budget ended so low and was very competitive within the Parisian context.

Cite: "House On The Roof / FREAKS freearchitects" 09 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • chris

    I’m digging the house burglars.

  • j

    im digging the entrance to their site. although i wish the same character would carry into their work. i’d say their projects are some what bland in comparison.

  • swatcat

    is this a joke ? arch-daily standards falling :/