This 30 square-meter flat transformed by architect Richard Guilbault was initially divided into four very dark rooms difficult to fit out. The ambition of this full update in Paris (occupied by a young couple) was to to create a dynamical and bright living room, to optimize the use of the private rooms and to maximize the possibility of storage space. With the new space organization, the living room takes up 2/3 of the living surface area (instead of 1/3 before) and enjoys the light coming from the four windows of the flat.

The custom-made bathroom is comfortable and takes up only 2,3 square meters. Discreet and intimate, the new sleeping space hides a voluminous storage chest. The raising of the bed makes an atypical and comfortable space, like a cabin. A wall of storage runs along the complete length of the flat. It is punctuated by four niches and a game of contrasts between white and birch plywood front panels. This multipurpose piece of furniture, the backbone of the flat, absorbs all the practical needs of the apartment: electric panel, storage, appliances, pantry, fridge, wine cellar, TV, dressing room and so forth. The apparent connections of the former walls have been highlighted by a white concrete filling to tell the history of the flat. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Richard Guilbault]