Location60 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris, France
Text description provided by the architects. Our intervention is concerning a private flat of 140 sqm2 deep in the heart of the seventh administrative subdivision of Paris.The flat is located at the sixth floor of one building set up at the end of the nineteenth century; he is equipped in cornice with a long running balcony which allows an open point of view on the city of Paris from the north west side to the north east side. This flat needed an heavy renovation at purchase time but had real qualities and a potential volume very impressive.
He has huge and clear windows well orientated and also a rotunda. The whole flat has been renewed. We have strongly modified the internal structure to open the rooms, one connected to the other, giving to each room nevertheless a limit by the change of floor's nature or in modifying the height of the room if necessary. Along the main façade, we have realized a passage in series increasing the sensation of volume. Each room, therefore, offers a bigger visual perspective and a more pleasant way in and out.The party wall of the flat is very winding in his geometrical form.
We tried to re-draw the limit by the creation of a bookcase furniture with tight curves to obtain a kind of internal landscape inside the flat properly. This huge bookcase furniture is crossing the three main rooms : living room, dining room and the kitchen area. A set of rooms (dining room, bathroom and bedroom) is making, what we like to denominate, a Wagon.
They result straightly of the structural renovation realized the side-wall of the building. All these rooms are widely opened one to the other, adjoined in series along side the main façade, and, are defined by a lower height of the ceiling. The clear effect of this renovation is a more pleasant way of circulation, a better feeling of space and the intimate sensation to live in a private recess for each room.