Called Valentin Apartment, this modern all-white property features a unique space-saving solution that takes advantage of the building’s high ceilings. The apartment was redesigned by Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec of local architecture firm ECDM.
The apartment is set in Paris. Given its history and high density, Paris is home to plenty of tiny and small apartments with traditional room proportions – they usually cover a small floor area, but feature tall ceilings.
High ceilings were originally employed to introduce more light and promote air circulation. Nowadays the vertical space is being used by designers to improve on the usability of homes. In this case they’ve managed to hang a sleeping space.
The bedroom is contained in a suspended white cube. Internally it’s a steel structure that’s fastened the existing building. The steel was then covered with wooden panels and coated in a white polyurethane resin. The apartment’s ceiling height doesn’t allow for an extra floor to be inserted, but the reduced height bedroom works quite well.
Set in the center of the apartment, the bedroom acts as a divider between the living room below, and the kitchen and dining area above. By leaving a gap between itself and the floor it manages to maintain a connection between the two areas (and help maintain light levels).
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