Located in a 1930s building in the 12th arrondisement of Paris, this 76m² one-bedroom apartment was in need of a complete remodeling.
Architect Studio Imane Harmali conserved parts of the original floor plans, in particular, the east side of the apartment facing the boulevard. Although the parquet floors and crown mouldings showed disrepair, the owners asked for them to be preserved and restored to retain a part of the building’s history.
To open up the main living areas, Harmali removed the doors and the wall separating the living and dining room. When it came to the west side of the apartment, Harmali drew up new floor plans to optimise the rest of the home that included the hallway, kitchen, bathroom and office. White atelier-style windows were installed in the kitchen to let even more natural light into the apartment.
To showcase the owners’ collection of books and objects, Harmali designed a custom bookshelf and recessed shelves, keeping in line with the pared down design of the apartment.