Living Under the Roof – A Stylish Loft Renovation by Prisca Pellerin

This stylish loft apartment has been revamped by the French architecture studio Prisca Pellerin. The project, titled “Living Under the Roof”, involved the restoration of many elements and a reorganizing of layout.


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The two room home contains 689 square feet (64 square meters) of living space and can be found in Ivry-sur-Seine, France. The first stage of the redesign involved introducing more natural light – the previous floor plan had been divided up into a number of smaller rooms, making it much darker and less spacious.


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Much of the interior has now been left visually open, like the bathroom which features a glazed sliding door. Perhaps not so suitable if you’re entertaining guests (note that the toilet is found in a separate room), but it does allow sunlight from the skylight to filter through to the kitchen and central corridor.


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The main living space is home to the living room and a wrap-around kitchen in the corner, complete with a breakfast bar. The other room contains a bedroom, walk-in closet and plenty of storage space.

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The interior is interrupted throughout by the timber roof framing. Beams can be seen popping up from the floor and hanging overhead, while a wood post is set smack bang in the middle of the central walkway. Rather than annoyances, they form part of the charm and character of living in an older building.

Living Under the Roof - Prisca Pellerin - France - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

The floors are finished in wood and ceramic floor tiles, while the walls are mostly a conservative white. The elements of the roof structure have been given a light grey wash, probably to prevent them from sapping up to much light.

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Via ArchDaily
Photos: Hugo Hebrard

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. An interesting use of space which, in an earlier age, might have been consigned to storage. After a while those sloping ceiling might become a little oppressive but I guess one could live with that if the apartment was in central Paris, where such accommodation is at a premium. I question the architect’s use of the raised sleeping platform in the bedroom. With two people sharing that bed, the one on the left (in a sleeping position) has to perform some delicate gymnastics to get out of bed.
    Thanks for these, Niall.

  2. But Michael… a little elbow grease to move the mattress more to the middle solves the clambering over the other person issue doesn’t it?

  3. Fantastique! A brilliant use of small space. I would love something like this!!

  4. I would enjoy these great spaces…the very definition of a pied-à-terre. And I could have all the Asian food I want during a sojourn.

  5. I’m sorry, but these examples are ‘humble’ in size only. I Have been following this site because I want to see a humble home in both size AND price.

  6. But Monsieur Friend… surely humble has different interpretations to every single person? You make assumptions that this is/was expensive. That may be the case. Then again it may not.
    Personally I think it looks ugly. And cheap… as in tacky. But hey, my opinion and mine alone (maybe).

  7. the true garret. I could not be comfortable with the low and sharply vaulted ceilings. It is visually attractive.