Haussmanian Apartment by Studio Razavi Architecture
Paris is well known for its grand boulevards and elegant buildings. Behind the door of this rather typical Parisian apartment, however, is an excitingly unconventional home.
The team at Studio Razavi Architecture set out to "disrupt" the conventional layout of this 80 square metres apartment by building a large angular volume in the middle of the living room. This divides the living area from the kitchen and dining areas whilst creating a new work desk and tonnes of storage in the process. The structure also incorporates a guest sleeping loft above the toilet and a smaller "totem" near the front entrance with a built-in bed for the homeowner's dog.
Made of dark grey wood fibre panels, this central structure has real sculptural presence. Its sharp lines and angular facets create a sense of dynamism and provide plenty of visual interest. This pattern is repeated in the jigsaw layout of the marble splash-back in the kitchen, a clever way to apply leftover pieces of marble.
This is a delightfully surprising design scheme which succeeds in creating a whole new interior landscape with wit and coherence.
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