A compact Paris apartment, redesigned with spaces that create a natural flow between different programs.
Located in Paris, France, in a quiet area of the 7th arrondissement, this apartment is ultra-compact at only 50 square meters, or around 538 square feet. Architecture firm faire redesigned the interiors of the Segur Flat to create a feeling of extra space and airiness. As the layout didn’t allow the creation of a large kitchen and living room, the team found ingenious solutions to maximize light, space, and the connection between programs. First, the architects removed most of the walls to establish a visual link between different areas of the apartment. A new glass wall allows light to flow from the windows to the deepest spaces of the residence. The glass wall also creates circulation along the facade and mirrors the balcony.
Wood modules that organize and also connect the living spaces.
New wood volumes showcase the architects’ experience and skill in carpentry. Three timber blocks structure the space and organize programs while maintaining the feeling of openness. In the kitchen, a wood and granite volume creates a play between solidity and accessibility, letting in both light and views. Made with a blend of okoumé, birch plywood, granite and fluted glass, this volume gives the apartment a rich tactility. The second module contains the bookcase. Designed with round and straight shapes, it also combines light and dark wood. Additionally, the bookcase contains generous amounts of hidden storage.
In the bedroom, the third piece of custom wood furniture is multi-functional. This volume contains storage, a desk and bedside tables that wrap around the bed. Throughout the apartment, the studio complemented the light plywood, darker timber surfaces, and textured granite with white walls and ceilings, black painted steel elements, and minimalist lighting and furniture. Ultimately, the architects succeeded in creating a space that not only maximizes light and space but also feels like a warm and cozy home. Photography © Philippe Billard.