One Parisian Apartment’s Ingenious Use of Space

From on February 08, 2010 in General Remodel

Walls. They’re so bourgeois, non? Unless, of course, they’re used in a totally functional way. An advertising exec living in Paris hired h2o Architects to completely rehab his digs. The mission: eliminate walls without a clear purpose, open up the small space and make better use of the remaining walls.

wall divider kitchen

Originally, the tiny apartment consisted of six miniscule rooms, each completely compartmentalized with a door to the entryway. The new design, however, allows for a continuous flow from one end of the home to another. The walls themselves serve various functions for each room.

wall divider living room

The idea was to make the apartment more spacious and efficient by using the negative space just as vigorously as the positive. The result is partial room dividers-slash-bookshelves, display niches and built-in cabinetry.

wall divider bookshelf

Added wall thickness provides even more storage space and functionality.

wall divider hallway

But not all walls are created equal. Some are thicker than others, and are composed at odd angles. This was done on purpose; some of the walls need more depth for the functions they serve. It also it allowed the designers to create natural-looking nooks in what might otherwise be a distraction.