When the interior has no limits … the effect is unique! This incredible apartment is located in a building whose history began a long time ago – almost three centuries! And quite surprisingly, or not so much inside the ancient building of the Place de la Madeleine in Paris has one interior jewel, a product of modern thought and modern technologies. The apartment with an area of 140 square meters, divided on two levels, is the modern successor to the 12 tiny maid room, and author of the full transformation is Michael Herrman, manager of the French interior studio Ateliers Michael Herrman. Fascinated by the location of the building – almost in the heart of the French capital, he wanted to create a functional and modern living space for himself and his family.
The apartment occupies the last part of the last two floors of the building, which gives the unique advantage to has a tiny patio, along with beautiful view of the city. The apartment contains a spacious living area and 3 bedrooms with private bathrooms. To preserve the character of the maximum 200-year-old building, the designer’s concept is based on the archaeological accuracy in the interior. To have maximum natural light, part of the ceiling or the floor of the upper level is filled with transparent panels of tempered glass. This allows to maintain a sense of openness on the premises, as well as being visually related to each other.
The small patio, surrounded by 7 meters high walls, one of which is decorated with vertical garden is equipped so that it looks like part of the interior space. The vertical garden rises through two levels of the apartment.
The apartment creates a sense of blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior, an effect that is achieved through the multitude of layers of translucent and mirror surfaces present almost everywhere in the apartment. Opposition to the original structural elements of the old building with modern materials and minimalist forms leads to a really incredibly brilliant result – a habitat that does not have boundaries between past and present, inside and out, interior and exterior.
images via Ateliers Michael Herrman