Cubic mentality: 4-story Paris flat fits comfort in 25 sq mt




Architect Jérôme Vinçon believes that with architecture, like clothing, made-to-measure buys a lot more than ready-to-wear. When his friends Michel Craca and Gaelle Potel bought a tiny apartment (next door to the restaurant in Paris’ Montparnasse where he’s head chef and she’s maitre d’) and asked for his help, he delivered a piece of personal architecture where every centimeter was scrutinized.

In what was once a doorman’s room and cellar, Vinçon took advantage of the 17 feet of height and crafted four floors of personal architecture in just 25 square meters. Instead of creating the smallest staircase possible, Vinçon turned the entire apartment into an open staircase.

On the top floor a mostly open bathroom dangles above the living room. Its semi-transparent shower (the “peep show”) is suspended directly above the kitchen. Down a tiny boat-style staircase, the bedroom is the final subterranean floor. Cut off from all light, it feels like a cozy captain’s cabin with lots of sliding storage.

To extend the natural daylight from the apartment’s sole window (in the living room), Vinçon left the bathroom open with its semi-opaque shower. By making the kitchen just a half-floor below the living room, it also benefits from the window. Given Craca’s profession as a chef, Vinçon worked to create the most professional kitchen possible in 32-square-feet of space.

Vinçon has spent years studying small spaces. His research has focused on boats, dorms, space station and a convent. He once lived in a tiny room (1.8 by 6 meters) in Le Corbusier’s modernist convent near Lyon (“Couvent Saint-Marie de la Tourette”) and was inspired by all of Le Corbusier’s “theory of the dimension of the body of man”.

“We often say that architecture is a matter of 10 centimeters. Ten centimeters less here (he says pointing out the bedroom stairs) and my shoulders don’t fit anymore. Ten centimeters are fundamental here. SO I’m not working within 10 centimeters here, but one centimeter. So here I had to work more with the human body. So it required a lot of thought to find the best solution each time.”

Atelier d’architecture Jerome Vinçon:

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25 Comments

  1. bluedance lilly
    November 10, 2017
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    Maybe I'm not quite understanding this.  Good design, but I think I'd feel a little too much like a monkey climbing up and down so many different floors all the time. The kitchen is tiny – if someone is cooking, it'd be hard for another person to pass through to the bedroom below.  And having to go up 3 stories between the bedroom and the bathroom?  And the lack of windows.  Hmmm.  Not convinced.  But clearly the architect is clever.

  2. D cat
    November 11, 2017
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    gorgeous!

  3. KraftwithaK Kraft
    November 11, 2017
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    This is a really beautiful and remarkable space. I wonder about fire codes for France. I don't think it would pass in North America as there is only one way out of the bedroom and you have to go through the kitchen to escape. While I am sure it must satisfy codes there, having a shallow bookcase in the bedroom which could function as a ladder in an emergency and a hatch into the living room seems like a good idea, but I know of two cases close to me where people died in non-legal North American bedrooms with only one exit, which was blocked in a fire.

  4. Tarkeema Lewis
    November 15, 2017
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    His apartment is beautiful

  5. World House
    November 19, 2017
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    Eh….j'aime beaucoup cette apartement!!!! I'm obsessed…..it's amazing!

  6. D D
    November 25, 2017
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    Brilliant. Period.

  7. Adrian A
    November 25, 2017
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    Very pretty design.

  8. Ben
    November 25, 2017
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    If you liked it, check the works of Sou Fujimoto

  9. Flossey
    November 26, 2017
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    This is a genius design but I would swap the location of the bathroom and kitchen. For one that shower is just not private enough and too much can be seen through that glass. Alsol dust and dirt from people walking around in the main living room would blow down onto the kitchen counter. It's still an amazing design tho.

  10. Sasha notsofierce
    November 26, 2017
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    the living rooms a dissapointment

  11. dominique roudil
    November 26, 2017
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    une merveille , merci !

  12. ig33ku
    November 27, 2017
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    Awesome apartment the new owner must jumping with joy.

  13. Dana Kravets
    November 28, 2017
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    No fridge?

  14. LeRandom Jess
    November 28, 2017
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    13:55
    16 centimeters, not 6

  15. buck rowley
    November 29, 2017
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    I like that kitchen

  16. kush
    November 30, 2017
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    Pimp asf

  17. GrayscaleRainbows
    November 30, 2017
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    I want to see a short film project written for and filmed in this space. I feel like you could get some really cool juxtapositions and what not with the dynamic nature of this apartment

  18. Gonzalo
    December 1, 2017
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    Not a single chair or table to eat the food you cook…

  19. Marianne Lottes
    December 2, 2017
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    so with four levels this apt. is actually quite large . i like it . the light management is very clever .

  20. Singe Chamberlain
    December 3, 2017
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    That is very very clever

  21. Justyburger
    December 3, 2017
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    This is a beautiful space and i particularly like multi level living. Things i don't like are the shower lacking privacy and the fact that the basement bedroom has no escape route in the event of fire. Other than those two things, i love this apartment.

  22. Metroalgo Tiny House
    December 7, 2017
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    Esteces el minipiso ideal en mi vida.

  23. Aiofe
    December 8, 2017
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    Such a very fine and nice house

  24. Maria Smith
    December 10, 2017
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    Very well done! So creative, love the space

  25. Fred Perry
    December 13, 2017
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    Where's the toilet?

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