Paris home-within-home: metal core adds space to modern loft

To preserve the open, industrial feel of a 1920s industrial loft in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, architect Alex Delaunay inserted a pre-fab island into the center. The golden aluminium-clad home-within-a-home adds bedrooms and a bathroom without the need for adding walls to the stripped-down, raw concrete space.

Twelve of the 40 tall aluminum panels are operable shutters or doors mounted on metal frames and rails allowing for natural light to enter the bedroom and bathroom filtered through slats in the polycarbonate panels.

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  1. alexis nadal
    December 3, 2017

    A large module in a hard to construct space. 🙂 Without major construction of inserting metal beams and without separating functions of spaces with the floor to the ceiling drywalls. It should cost a fraction of the typical “loft conversion.” It seems European cities are more tune to concept of modularizing space functions without construction to save serious conversion construction money and spend more in aesthetic (finishes and unique materials). I am not fan of this particular aesthetic (neither finishes or materials), but I am fan of the fundamental idea that the whoever did this project knows exactly what to spend money on. 🙂 Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. Babita Ashwni
    March 31, 2018

    I love house

  3. Brian McCullough
    April 9, 2018

    Yo where the toilet at?

  4. Leland Unruh
    April 10, 2018

    I really dislike this design, but am glad there are people willing to take such risks.

  5. Jonny Hicks
    April 10, 2018

    I never saw a toilet. Was that just me?

  6. wieks
    April 10, 2018

    I see how this apartment goes the different way with how people usually does. I did think similarly many other commenters at the start of the video. But after awhile i started to get the intention.

    He wanted to avoid disturbing the original structure as much as possible and to bring out the 19th century kind of raw design to the space. I think the designer did very well with it. He brought in the last option people would do about it, place a giant modular furniture in the middle of the space. It might seem claustrophobic, a waste of space or however you want to call it. But it goes well with the original intention and i think this is a very interesting project in how to use a raw industrial place not just by tearing down everything. Love it very much by the end of the video.

    I think designer should always design for the people that uses the space, not for themselves. So if the user fits the way the space designed, why not? 🙂

  7. PikolUploader
    April 11, 2018

    while practical, it's ugly as hell

  8. Jasper Gast
    April 12, 2018

    ben jij nederlands?

  9. Scarlett
    April 14, 2018

    I really like this!

  10. VNV Girl
    April 16, 2018

    Soo cool! smart ideas watching your videos – great people! <3 thank you!

  11. loar lo
    April 19, 2018

    It so good project good job.. I like it so much .. all space it is separable in optional away . Amazing….

  12. Korv spad
    April 22, 2018

    I could actually imagine myself living there , seems very nice and spacey .

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    April 25, 2018


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  15. Mimi Mimi
    April 28, 2018

    super cool!

  16. Mona Lisa
    April 29, 2018

    742 square feet is NOT a small space for two bedrooms! My chalet in the woods is just under 800 square feet and we've managed to squeeze a family of 5 in here, each of us having our own private space (even tho they're small). 69 sq meters in Paris is GIGANTIC.

  17. Mona Lisa
    April 29, 2018

    I would add, however, that giant box in the middle of the apartment is very clever! Esp with storage space. I would have chosen a different colour for mine, but I think it's quite cute and I would definitely enjoy living with it.

  18. Nana Gilbert
    May 2, 2018

    Beautiful space. Too bad it's ruined by that awful giant box. That's hideous and a total eyesore

  19. lpm67
    May 2, 2018

    its like treehouse within a house, love the concept. I picture the upper bedroom as a nest.

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