What happens to a building after it sees the destruction of conflagration? New life and spirit are borne into a fresh design, as evidenced by Frédéric Flanquart’s 2010 Studio des Innocents. White walls and a diagonally-laid oak floor update the interiors of the 22-square-meter residence to a contemporary aesthetic. Bright splashes of color such as orange cupboards and chartreuse chairs paint over the past tragedies. However, the knotted and aged wooden beams that run along the ceilings and down one vertex of the house carry the history of the past, the structural elements commemorated as relics among the graphically sharp décor.

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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