The Forest House was conceived for a music composer who recently moved in a beautiful family house in the countryside. His wish was to turn the old tool shed in an intimate, isolated and independent space, where he could work and relax, for a limited budget.
Equipped with all necessary amenities, (electricity, wooden stove, outdoor shower, dry toilets...), with a target of 100% ecological materials, the project was allocated a total budget of 10 000€.
This was achieved thanks to a very simple and artful structure design, and careful choice of materials. Glass and wood works often represent a significant cost in any project. In our case, glass panels and steel were taken from the remains of a destroyed factory, wood was chosen among scraps from the nearest sawmill. Proximity of the suppliers was crucial in minimising costs as well as carbon footprint, all the parts were then cut and assembled on site.
This space, though small in size, was conceived to give a sense of quiet, and intimacy with the surrounding nature. Whether you are standing, sitting or even laying down on the convertible sofa, canopies are designed to frame various perspectives on the vegetable garden, the beautiful 1940's house, the centennial oak... and even the stars at night. Light flows from one side of the house to the other, and the ambiance transforms throughout the day and the seasons. For the more adventurous, and a closer look at the stars, the flat rooftop can be climbed on.
APARTMENT PARIS 11
Pictures : MAXIME LEYVASTRE
Entreprise : SCJ RENOVATION
Pictures : DAVID FOESSEL
Entreprise : SCJ RENOVATION
Dating back from the 1930’s, this beautiful parisian building near the Parc Monceau features large canopies and brick details, contouring charming artists workshops. This challenging apartment deserved a new project, to reclaim its many assets and imagine a functional living space : in fact, the floor surface was rather small compared to the generous volume. The new design focuses on light and geometry, complementing beautiful original features with sharp, contemporary lines. The large canopy had been cut in two by a much needed mezzanine, inconveniently obstructing even more needed daylight. It’s new version, cut in biais, allows daylight to flow in, preserves necessary floor surface to the bathroom, and brings an unexpected angle from every point of vue. The canopy’s shape is repeated, acts as a common thread, from outdoor window to indoor partition. This graphic pattern is supplemented by curtains for a play on light and intimacy, allowing multiple combinations.
The bathroom was reworked in charcoal-grey and white marble, to fit a shower and a bath, and separated toilets, in an intricate geometric design.
Downstairs, the beautiful brick fireplace finds an echo in a grid of fresh colored shelves, from floor to ceiling, elongating one of the shorter walls in the apartment. This living-room is complemented by a black marble kitchen, and its bespoke table.
Materials and colors were chosen to enhance the new features of the apartment. Light flows through the glass and bounces on the white walls, contrasting with the welcoming wooden floor, warm blue curtains, and the sharp marble in the kitchen and bathroom. The pop blue shelves, the pink velvet kitchen chairs, and copper bedroom details act as surprising and fun splashes of color.
MAISON VESINET / ONGOING
ALIGRE / ONGOING
ROCHECHOUART / ONGOING
FRANCS-BOURGEOIS / ONGOING
HOMELESS HOUSING KING'S CROSS
The purpose of this project is to build an economically viable welcome center for young homeless people, enduring great material and personal insecurity. Senses of intimacy, safety, community, independance have to blend in the design in a subtle alchemy, in order to make hope and optimism main levers of their reintegration in society. In this environment, they should find respect, safety, and stimulation to envision their future. Taking advantage of its strategic location near academic institutions, the ambition of this building is to be as attractive to students (thanks to te commercial spaces and rental flats for exemple) as it is necessary to their homeless comrades.
- ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT -
In line with the typical londonian architecture of the subway entrance, materials and proportions of the original building have been re-worked in a contemporary way. The curves of the first floor widows inspire warm, welcoming volumes supported by the use of bricks and wood bringing new life in and out the building. The contemporary extension is designed to blend into the initial building, giving the impression that « it has always been built this way ». This idea ensures minimal costs, and urban landscape continuity, while proposing contemporary architectural volumes, functional refurbishment, and sophisticated detailing.
- SOCIAL CONCEPT -
Homeless young people are not only going through a material and financial crisis ; they are also in a critical phase of self-construction. The center needs to be a safe place for them to stay, as well as to envision their future independance and role in society. Short and mid-term accomodations are designed to bring a feeling of intimacy. Commercial activities inside the center bring both professionnal opportunities, and a sense of community.
- ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPT -
Vegetated areas are designed around the building, and contribute to thermic and phonic isolation of the first floor. Solar panels placed on the flat rooftop help provide sustainable energy to the project.