Because of the high housing demand and the lack of surface in Paris, a lot of the existing apartments got divided into smaller apartments increasing the price per m² and reducing living qualities exponentially. It gave new apartments not only less surface but also less light, fresh air and difficulties to plan adequately. These new created apartments often have abnormal spaces with lots of niches (due to the old chimney shafts that can’t be demolished), strange positioned kitchens and bathrooms without windows. Today small spaces are desperately in need of innovative design solutions that introduce custom planning.
This apartment was a direct example of the before mentioned spatial issues: a rectangular room of 2.5mx6.5m, one window and one wall with 3 chimney shafts. The design solution consists in proposing a multifunctional furniture solution that binds different daily activities: cooking relaxing and working, and translates with its morphology materialization new identifiable subspaces within the main space.
By introducing two intersecting volumes along one wall, covering the chimney shafts and integrating the functions we create these new subspaces with a precise identity. The volumes are distinguishable by two wooden materials.