6 Rooms Apartment Squeezed into 60 sq. meters by h2o architectes

6 Rooms Apartment Squeezed into 60 sq. meters by h2o architectes

The “Front and back” Apartment was a singular brief from a young Parisian advertising executive also avid collector of comic strips. He wished to live in a fresh environment, both serene and sparkling despite the fact that his existing space was dilapidated, its geometry confusing, compartmentalized and contorted. The original apartment consisted of 6 rooms squeezed into 60 sq. meters, the entry space alone was 5 sq. meters and had 7 different doors! The new design offers a continuous wide open space which expands, becomes more complex or dense depending on orientations and uses.

These variances are defined by the variable geometries and the usable thickness of the casework and walls. A study on sculpting these depths allowed to create a variety of cavities, niches and alcoves. The sculpted shapes vary in size and colours to adapt to multiple functions in different locations. They can harbour either the vast collection of comic strips or a bar, a bathroom, a closet, and so on. The front side of each shape always maintains its negative volume on the back. Behind the scenes can unveiled new uses taking place like cupboards, a desk, video, shelves, etc. In this manner, the apartment is continuously renewed and cross-views can become through-views. This project is the work of h2o architectes, an office of creative architectural design also specializing in the restoration of ancient monuments. – Photos credits : Julien Attard


  • Alex - unleash reality June 10, 2009 at 14:57 PMLogin to Reply →

    really fresh design.

    love the inlaid shelving. makes the space less cluttered and flow better.

    really cool concept all round too for a brief. an extention that would be interesting to see to the idea is to make the walls move so that the space can be a lounge and then “transform” into a bedroom. like magic :)

    awesome blog. really cool design.

    keep in touch
    alex – unleash reality

  • jihanemo June 11, 2009 at 01:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    Amazing. A designer’s dream.

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    Ca or fi costat designerii :D

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  • Luke June 15, 2009 at 16:03 PMLogin to Reply →

    Really like the use of curved walls, makes it look really different.
    I guess its more practical as well for such a small space; safer.


  • Paige June 16, 2009 at 13:10 PMLogin to Reply →

    Excellent space utilization, especially density-wise. Should be mentioned the conversion of 60 sq m = approx 645 sq ft (Wish US would go to metric…)

    Would love to know shelving depths. Also, washroom in bedroom, no toilet? I see it across room at entrance way?? Wondering about any MEP issues, plumbing especially – Any background on the space “before”? Any mention of LEED? Expense??!

    This is definitely the direction we are seeing a lot of housing going towards over here. Absolutely LOVE the totems, shelving and the actual feel of spaciousness. Love the minimalization of furnishings!

    Excellent Innovate, Creative, Practical Utilization, Space Design!

  • Jeff June 29, 2009 at 04:57 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love the color scheme of this apartment. The Inlaid greens and oranges combined with the complete disarray that is the layout of the apartment really give the whole thing character.

  • Foxy August 29, 2010 at 11:29 AMLogin to Reply →

    I love this apartment, a good usage of the space and everything works because of the small area. In particular the double sided Totems creating storage, wardrobes,bookshelves and also an home office with the angles creating an amazing change from the boxy square room design. Brill but I would change the colour scheme but keep a base of 2 or 3 colours to keep it flowing.