Lofty Inspiration #0018


There are certain people who wouldn’t want to live in a loft but, so far, nobody has met them…

A Parisian couple decided to leave the city centre for the dreary suburb of Bagnolet to find the lofty home of their dreams. He is a textile designer for an iconic French brand. She is a costume designer for films. Together they bought their loft as a “concrete block”, part of a housing project of similar apartments: The industrial pedigree is owed to the building site on which a sawmill initially stood. With the help of architect Isabelle Rouyer who used Le Corbusier’s “Modulor” to calculate the proportions, the owners designed the interior from scratch.

The main idea was to place ‘a block within the block’: The kitchen at the centre of the apartment -accessible from different angles- is topped by the bathroom on the superior level. This arrangement puts the utility spaces at the core of the living areas. And cuts the long (16m) and slightly narrow (6m wide) space in half. Naturally the height is where the loft makes its statement: 5 metres, allowing for a solid mezzanine construction upstairs which houses the bedrooms. The downstairs living area is open exclusively on the side of the neat (60sq m) garden. To invite as much natural light in as possible, the “team” designed windows wall to wall using the full height and achieving a whopping 30 sq metres of glass panelling. Adding air to light, in the summer, the windows at the lower level slide open to their full 6 metre length.

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