The homeowners of the property on Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud requested Heilmann’s studio Epicène to rationalise the inside and create an area for house working whereas sustaining the condominium’s quirky format.
The present loft featured a number of impractical and dilapidated areas together with a cramped bed room and three mezzanines with low ceilings that had been as soon as used for storing rolls of cloth.
Heilmann eliminated a number of the present buildings and launched modifications in ground peak to delineate the brand new areas whereas including inside home windows that retain a visible connection between the rooms.
“Utilizing variations in stage and glass partitions means that you can demarcate the completely different dwelling areas whereas permitting mild to flow into,” the designer instructed Dezeen.
“Now, from the second you enter, you might have a world imaginative and prescient of the quantity of the condominium,” she added. “It is a option to have a really open plan with out the disadvantages of the loft.”
The partitions enclosing the present bed room had been eliminated and a platform constructed of their place now comprises a house workplace housing two workstations and a wall of library shelving.
Two of the mezzanines had been additionally demolished, leaving only one beside the doorway that was remodeled right into a room for gaming and accommodating in a single day company.
All through the inside, Heilmann sought to protect the spirit of the previous workshop that had attracted the homeowners to this area. The raised platform remembers the peak modifications of the previous mezzanines, whereas geometric sculptural parts evoke the unique format.
“The partitions and interlocking shapes of the previous workshop have been simplified, however we discover this play of asymmetrical cubes within the form of the headboard or the glass partition between bed room and front room,” she defined.
“The economic spirit can also be advised within the alternative of lighting or the sobriety of the lavatory tiling.”
Examples of the recurring geometric motif embrace a collection of cubic volumes containing cabinets and storage niches on both aspect of the steps main as much as the platform.
An uneven window creates a daring function that connects the lounge with the brand new bed room, the place a stepped headboard creates shelf area for books, work and objects.
The kitchen is positioned reverse the workplace platform and incorporates a easy L-shaped format that slots in beneath the mezzanine and home windows.
The cabinet models have birch plywood doorways and a marbled Corian worktop that enhances the minimal, industrial look of the inside.
A full-height glass-and-steel wall that was a part of the unique workshop was rigorously preserved and now separates the lounge on one aspect from the kitchen and eating space on the opposite.
A door within the central glass partition leads into the dwelling space, the place a swing suspended from the ceiling makes the many of the room’s peak.
The homeowners needed a clean canvas for showcasing their assortment of classic objects, so partitions and flooring all through the condominium are painted white to supply a muted, minimal backdrop.
The scheme additionally goals to create a playful, relaxed and artistic environment evocative of Sixties modernism, with basic items similar to Achille Castiglioni‘s Snoopy lamp and an Enzo Mari print offering pops of color.
Within the bed room, a yellow-painted door and inexperienced bedspread catch the attention, whereas a vivid inexperienced door within the eating area conceals a WC with a sink set in opposition to punchy pink cement tiles.
The bed room options a big dressing space with cabinets made out of birch plywood, which is housed in an area beforehand occupied by a toilet.
The primary rest room gives a playful tackle the geometric theme used elsewhere within the condominium, with its geometric sink clad in rounded tiles from French agency Pop Corn.
Isabelle Heilmann studied on the École Boulle in Paris earlier than founding her company Epicène in 2018. The studio designs public and residential areas that mix a minimalistic sensibility with a love of color and characterful assertion items.
The pictures is by BCDF studio.