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Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio

  • 01:00 - 7 November, 2014
Tiny Apartment In Paris / Kitoko Studio
Tiny Apartment In Paris /  Kitoko Studio, © Fabienne Delafraye
© Fabienne Delafraye

© Fabienne Delafraye © Fabienne Delafraye © Fabienne Delafraye © Fabienne Delafraye +23

From the architect. Maid rooms in Paris have long been considered unattractive and secluded spaces in the beautiful Haussmann buildings.

First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

Always located on the top level under the roof of these buildings, they are characterized by their small size, with rudimentary aesthetic interior spaces and common circulations difficult to access. It’s a “non architecture” within the beautiful Haussmann architecture.

© Fabienne Delafraye
© Fabienne Delafraye

Over time, the maid rooms have known different usages, therefore losing their original purpose and becoming attics / storage. Thereafter, the general increase in property prices has also generated a new consideration of these forgotten square meters and generated a renewed housing. This location under the roof which was considered unattractive became an additional property asset, offering features not exploited by their previous occupants: sunshine, no vis-à-vis, overlooking the rooftops of Paris and the possibility to create lofts combining several maid rooms.

© Fabienne Delafraye
© Fabienne Delafraye

It’s due to a lack of space and in anticipation of the coming of a future au pair they cannot receive directly in their apartment that our clients have entrusted us with the difficult task of arranging the 8sqm maid’s room. Despite the small area, the space had to be functional in order to sleep, and also to cook, eat, wash, work and store a maximum of items. The space should guarantee the independence of the future occupant.

Diagram 2
Diagram 2

The architectural response we made in order to implement many different functions refers to the "concept of the Swiss Army knife." The Swiss Army Knife is a simple knife but, by a game of sliding and folding, it can contain a multitude of tools in a very small object. Therefore, the new maid’s room is a modular transcription of such an object with elements of storage, a bed, a table, a wardrobe, a staircase, a kitchenette and a bathroom, all fully integrated within a large closet which can be unfolded according to the needs and changes the perception of space. Once all the elements are folded and stored in this “large closet”, it frees half of the area of the room.

© Fabienne Delafraye
© Fabienne Delafraye

The requirement of a unique multifunctional space has first been seen as a fairly complex constraint and, in the end, it became the real strength of the project.

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rachi · January 10, 2016

c est combien le prix et merci

Me · May 23, 2015

Love the design but it could do with a better place to watcg the television other than the bed or a hard wooden chair

Lacey Woodbury · February 15, 2015

It appears that my views of this unique apartment greatly differ from the others here. I absolutely adore the small space. I thought everything from the functional design to the calm tranquility and brightness of the is stunningly beautiful. I would live there in a heartbeat. You brought nothing into the world and you can't take it with you when you leave. There is room for all the essentials here and so what more could I ask for. This is definitely in my top 10 for sure. I just wanted to leave something positive among all these other mostly negative comments.

Ricardo Morgado · April 11, 2015 05:33 AM

I like ultra small spaces and I would also live there in a heartbeat. All the outrageous comments may be forgetting something: Maybe the girl wants and likes to live there.

lotta · November 20, 2014

I lived for 6 month in Paris in one of this "tiny apartment" and it's insane. The design cannot disguise the lack of space

pollllll · November 19, 2014

As a student house might consider it, but not as a house to live permanently is simply very little space just for one person and it would be very uncomfortable and sad to have to live like this.

camillo · November 16, 2014

votre pote, le+bo... :)

Yousif El Helw · November 08, 2014

I love the idea behind this, but absolutely hate the design. This could've been designed to look less like a wardrobe and more like some modern reinterpretation of a "wall".

Walt · November 08, 2014

Those roadside accommodations for the homeless put these apartments to shame. Crazy times.

Lucia · November 07, 2014

Quelle horreur, quelle tristesse. Et les promoteurs immobiliers qui s'en mettent plein les poches.

Lucia · November 07, 2014 09:58 PM

How terrible how sad. Real estate developers getting richer at the expense of people. This creep me out.

frem · November 07, 2014
Ruben Sainz · November 07, 2014

Paris is for the rich.... middle class live in the suburbs,,, and if you want to rent this will probably cost 700 euros and will have to walk 3 or more floors to get up there...

Veronica Arakelian Suizer · November 08, 2014 07:37 PM

7 floors up... If you listen the video. Not for me ... lol.
I prefer a little more space a little far away

Rivegauche610 · November 07, 2014 10:50 PM


Siekany · November 07, 2014

Living like a poultry farm chicken.

Not mentioning all unnecessary exercise to drink a glass of water.
It looks nice, but in EVERY other way - the designer should be ashamed. Design should make life easier, not more miserable.

Soupdragon · November 07, 2014

Obviously doesn't expect to bring anyone back for some 'funtime', although necessity is the mother of invention ;-)

Cynthia · November 07, 2014

Poor Madame Hidalgo is trying hard to promote Paris? This kak depressed the f--k out of me... poor woman living like that. Did anyone else cry watching this?

It wasnt me · November 07, 2014

Well i would propose a very elegant Turkish toilet that you could sleep in too, only 1m2 ...its cool to live in toilets, and the pore rental agents can earn some more money

Boguslaw Witkowski · November 07, 2014

Excellent exercise!
Small is beautiful! F-off the regulations!

Quentin · November 07, 2014

this is disgusting. How can you promote a project that encourage people to rent spaces that are so small they don't even respect the law (in France, you can't rent a flat under 9m2 or 20m3 - according to the existing plan, the empty room is 7.8m2 and 20.28m3 but I bet it's much less once you've got the walls and stuff in). Making it nicer doesn't solve the problem and doesn't make it a good place to live.


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