Front and Back Apartment, Paris
Paris-based design studio H2O Architectes have completed the interior design of the Front and Back apartment. Completed in 2008 the contemporary apartment is located in Paris, France.
According to the architects: “It was a singular brief from a young Parisian advertising executive also an avid collector of comic strips. He wished to live in a fresh environment, both serene and sparkling despite the fact that his existing space was dilapidated, its geometry confusing, compartmentalized and contorted.
“The original apartment consisted of six rooms squeezed into 60sqm, the entry space alone was 5sqm and had seven different doors!
“The new design of the contemporary Parisian apartment offers a continuous wide open space which expands, becomes more complex or dense depending on orientations and uses. These variances are defined by the variable geometries and the usable thickness of the casework and walls. A study on sculpting these depths allowed to create a variety of cavities, niches and alcoves. The sculpted shapes vary in size and colours to adapt to multiple functions in different locations. They can harbour either the vast collection of comic strips, bar, bathroom, a closet and so forth.
“The front side of each shape always maintains its negative volume on the back. Behind the scenes can unveil new uses taking place like cupboards, a desk, video, shelves, etc… In this manner, the contemporary Paris apartment is continuously renewed and cross-views can become through-views.”
Images courtesy of Julien Attard.
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