Photographed by Arthur Fechoz


BY Martin Massé Architecture

A modern and elegant renovation in the 18th arrondisement of Paris

The story

This 80m² ground floor apartment located in the heart of the 18th arrondissement of Paris boasts a rare find for the city – access to a private 60m² garden. The owners approached architect Martin Massé when they purchased two adjoinining, but separate apartments. They desired to connect the two apartments to create a natural link between the spaces and of course, to make the most of the garden view.


Starting with the common areas, a large and open plan living area was created by combining the kitchen, dining room and living room. A pale grey, marble island in the kitchen creates a natural bar and additional space for the owners to prepare and cook their meals. Made-to-measure walnut cabinetry was installed in the kitchen and painted a putty grey in keeping with the neutral shades used throughout the apartment. In the bedroom, the same walnut joinery and paint was used, creating a visual tie between the private and common areas.


The owners kept the original crown moulding and the chimney, preserving the history and charm of the building. In the marble-covered bathroom, the architect wished to create a distinct zone for the bath. Massé designed a curved entrance to the bath and added a step, elevating the bath as temple of relaxation.

The details

Project by

Martin Massé Architecture






Project length

6 months

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