A super space optimization with a flexible layout. RENOVATING Michelet apartment in Paris - RenovationOnWeb
The Michelet apartment is a 50-square-meter dwelling to be redistributed to accommodate a family of 5 in the southern area of one of the cities with the richest real estate market in Europe
Nomadic Studio atelier is approached by the owner of Michelet apartment to solve this design challenge thanks to the conspicuous experience gained in the field, having in their history the design of more than 40 mini-apartments in Paris.
The goal of the project, as of those previously tackled by the Atelier, is to provide decent, quality space for all members of the family in a real estate context in which every square meter is paid dearly and, certainly, space itself does not abound
As is now usual in the approach to this type of design that super-optimizes space, L'atelier Nomadic Studio begins the renovation project with an initial diagnostic phase, inspired by the creative phase of urban planning processes where it is the territory/space that suggests needs and potential to be used: in this case they find themselves working with an almost square floor plan, therefore well divisible, that runs from the front to the back of the building, favoring the entry of natural light; finally, the 3-meter high ceiling allows opportunities for verticalization
Based on these elements, the architects propose a living area for Michelet that runs the full depth of the apartment, capturing both morning and afternoon light. This space is staggered to create open subspaces, kitchen and dining room on one side and living room on the other. The entrance hall is integrated into this living area, at the intersection of the two subspaces. Then there is a compact, vertical area for the bathroom and children's rooms: in the boys' bedroom two one-meter high alcoves, one above the bathroom and the other below the eldest daughter's bedroom. The latter sleeping area is reached by a staircase in the living room
The time factor also influenced the project in terms of flexibility; initially the apartment will be inhabited by all 5 family members, but modifications are already planned that will allow the space to be expanded for the parents as the children leave home. The choice of materials also played an important role in the design: to make the apartment more spacious, the same light pine wood, from Poland, was used for all the doors and windows; a wood with an impactful grain but that creates a fairly uniform pattern. The same light wood was also used for the floor to maintain brightness in the spaces