Eva’s bed / h20 architectes

Architects: h2o architectes
Location: Paris,
Project team: Charlotte Hubert, Jean-Jaques Hubert, Antoine Santiard
Client: private
Programme: Creation of a piece of furniture / partition / bed for a child in a 16 sqm room
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Stéphane Chalmeau

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The arrival of a new child in the family pressed a young couple to think about a way to divide a room into two parts. The idea was to provide a personnal space to each child. The projet answers to this request of separation by adding a third space making the partition. The creation of a “multiple-use furniture” in the middle of the space allows to add some depth to the primary basic partition. It afford passages, secret storage, bed, office… in a funny way.

The specific blend generates a concentrated typology of spaces and situations in perpetual renewal. The new partition is porous creating steps, cavities and niches wich suggests many possibilities for appropriation (climbing, hidding, drawing, etc…).

Many uncharted and intermediate spaces led by the furniture allow for the invention of any kind of practices and uses.

Let’s play!

Cite: "Eva’s bed / h20 architectes" 19 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=25500>


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    It really looks like a place where a kid can play, use his imagination: it can be a castle as well as a boat, a place to hide, to read,…
    I like it!

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    the pic with the kid sitting on the windiw is kinda stupid don’t you think. Hes not gonna sit there and think about life.

    and tough I think it doesn’t look bad, the color scheme and the formal aspect don’t think are the most stimulating for a kid.

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    Great place to play for kids, many nooks. But because of the lively nature of kids maybe the edgy shapes should be revised – rounded would be more appropriate instead of those modern right angles.

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    About the right angles and rails; sometimes we just have to trust kids (people) to know proper limits. So much fun kids stuff has just been deadened by overbearing “safety”. Have you seen playgrounds lately?

    That’s one reason why I think this is great. It’s complex and fun, and has some dramatic nooks, perfect for imagination.

    When I was growing up, kids weren’t dying hand over fist from bumping into the table…and back then the corners were sharp, man!

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    i guess the plain color of it is for the kid to change. do some drawings and stuff on it. looks like real fun! don’t worry bumb, all kids are natural acrobats

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    Could Eva have a more cheerful color scheme of her room? Eva’s possibility of eventual spontanious decorating is limited by her height. I just imagine all those flowers, butteflies, hearts and other girly stuff that could look just great painted on the walls:) Not so rough, mory fairytale to it! Kids should experience more color – it’s positive in their formative years.

    I’ve also noticed the scary idea of not providing a direct access to the bed…

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    I guess it´s kinda cool. Still, little bit worried as to how the kid will go from the stairs to the bed. Does she jump? What the hell´s up with that?

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    i like it, looks “playable” for kids, good design,

    maybe some rails could be usefull

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    Very cool, but they might want to move the crib away from the radiator! Roast child!

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    I think this is a great design.My daughter would love it.
    But it’s a shame kids dont like the same for too long, so Eva will get bored of her bed in one year at last.
    Bumb, thats the idea, be acrobatic.

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    although the design is very good for the use of the space, it would be interesting to know if the structure has the ability to become something else once Eva has grown up…

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    it can be a castle as well as a boat, a place to hide, or to simply commit suicide…

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    Great! Sometimes the smallest designs can be the most interesting. Of course there are things one can do differently, but this is one way to do it (and a good one).

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    I have seen many modular desighs and since this is not an industrial material it can be built by anyone for any reason. The scale would determine adult or child. great. very ingenious.

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    Not a bad idea for someone who can afford to rebuild his home every other year… The kid’s not going to remain that size for too long… May be the next couple of years… & then you would’ve to design his bed and the rest of the spaces around it..!

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    It is really interesting to read these posts from all these people who have never met Eva talking about what “kids” like and how it isn’t this or is that. Did you ever stop to ask yourself if it is blue because Eva likes blue? It turns out not every kid likes rainbow rooms or primary colors. What if her room is simple because she is autistic and would be overstimulated by too many warm colors or patterns?

    assumptions = death when it comes to creativity.

    If you are truly interested, ask a question instead of just throwing around your opinions and half-baked knowledge, and you might find out something about what you thought you knew.

    I think this design is beautiful and I applaud the creator for rethinking the notions of “bed” and “room” and “play”. I hope Eva enjoys it immensely and that you learn a lot from her interactions with it.

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