Alia Bengana & Capucine de Cointet Architects’ Restructuration XSA sees small, dilapidated Parisian apartments transformed into a modern 3-storey family home. The building, before the development, was unsuitable for living because of mushrooms and fungus that had attacked the its wooden structure. Taking 8 months, the renovation of both the interior and exterior has resulted in a comfortable, light and spacious property.
One of the architects’ main concerns was how to siphon in as much natural light as possible without compromising the privacy of the owners. Situated near Paris’ Canal Saint Martin in the 10th arrondissement, the building overlooks a courtyard like much of the city’s architecture, so the neighbours are never far away.
To combat this, certain levels were opened with half-height floors in order to capture as much light from the south as possible. The large staircase sits underneath a glass roof which lights both the staircase and the ground floor. Glass walls are used inside to diffuse light, exemplified by the master bedroom.
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