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Parisian Family Home Gets a New Lease of (Eco-Friendly) Life

Parisian Family Home Gets a New Lease of (Eco-Friendly) Life

Designed by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte

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on June 7th 2019
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A Family 3 storey House in Paris

Tucked away in the back of a courtyard somewhere in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, a bright and breezy family home hides in plain sight. It’s hard to believe that this raw contemporary space was once a crumbling block of dingy apartments, complete with fungus-infested walls and collapsed flooring. Nevertheless, thanks to Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte, this Parisian abode now gets to enjoy a new lease of life. Let’s take a look.

Contemporary living room redesign by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte featuring wood floor and Scandinavian-inspired seating | NONAGON.style

“The objective was to transform this building at the back of the courtyard into a home for a couple with young children. The owners do not live in this house all year round and were very open to the creation of open and fluid spaces.” — Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte

Three storey Parisian family home design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

Extreme Makeover

As renovations go, this project is perhaps one of the most impressive we’ve seen on the site due to the total deterioration of the original building.

Paris family home before renovation by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

“Given the presence of house fungus (mushrooms that had attacked all of the building’s wooden structure) in particular, we had to entirely recreate the building, only keeping the outer building envelope, which was remodeled as well,” explains the architects.

Paris family home before renovation by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

“The ground floor was very dark. It seemed obvious to us to rework the vertical space by redistributing the floor levels and sliding the light to the lowest level.” Construction began in May 2016 and took 8 months and 400,000 euros (roughly US$445,230) to complete.

Contemporary open plan living room and kitchen space design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte featuring geometric hexagon floor tiles and white walls | NONAGON.style

A Welcome Change

Now a comfortable 120 meter square family home spread over four levels, the space is completely unrecognizable. In addition to the three above ground levels, the vaulted basements contain a laundry room and multi-purpose space that can be used as a game room or home cinema.

Bedroom with black steel frame window wall designed by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

“Our main focus was letting as much light as possible in the house while still maintaining the privacy of the residents,” share the architects.

Stone wall and black steel railing details in a Paris home designed by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

The space is restricted to just the one facade of windows. As such, certain levels were opened with half-height floors in order to make the most of the light. At the same time, all existing windows were replaced with ones without a central solid part so as to increase the penetration of light.

Bright kitchen with sky light and decorative hexagon floor tiles designed by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte | NONAGON.style

Finally, a zenithal glass roof is a privacy-friendly way of cheating exposure to the sunshine.

Warm contemporary living room design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with exposed stone wall, wood floor and orange arm chair | NONAGON.style

Rough Around the Edges

Interiors-wise, the aesthetic spotlights raw, simple materials. A solid oak staircase, textured gritstone wall and sleek metal railings are just some of the design gems we spot.

Open plan living, dining and kitchen space by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with exposed stone wall, wood floor and orange arm chair | NONAGON.style
Warm contemporary living room design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with rust orange and blue furniture accents | NONAGON.style

“We kept the wall in its patchwork state with its different additions and multiple materials. It’s a witness to the history of this building.”

Dining room design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with black staircase and exposed stone wall | NONAGON.style

We Have This Thing With Floors

One of our favorite design elements of this home is the decorative hexagonal floor tiles. In a contemporary space, geometric-themed tiles are just enough to add interest without straying too far from sleek and simple.

Dining room design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with wood staircase and geometric floor tiles | NONAGON.style

The same floor tiles can be found in the kitchen and bathroom, though with differing color schemes. This is a nice and subtle way to ensure consistency throughout the separate spaces.

Bright bathroom design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with blue and green geometric floor tiles | NONAGON.style

“We were fortunate to have very good relationships with clients who became friends. We are convinced that a project is better if it reflects a harmony between clients and architects, and especially if we succeed in developing a relationship of trust from the outset.”

Renovated Parisian family home designed by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with warm wood and industrial steel accents | NONAGON.style

Go Green

Beyond technical specifications, the owners of this home stressed the importance of an eco-approach to design. To this end, the architectural team sought to include a range of environmentally-friendly features.

Master bedroom design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with a steel frame glass window | NONAGON.style
Parisian family home design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with industrial steel frame glass window details | NONAGON.style

For instance, the building was insulated in order to cut down on heating costs. However, this was done from the outside in order not to remove any living space. Meanwhile, recreating the floors from scratch allowed for the easy installation of ducts for heat recovery ventilation.

Parisian family home design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with industrial steel frame glass window details | NONAGON.style

Last but not least, planters were buried in order to provide enough soil to allow plants to grow. These will ultimately cover the facade along the wires strung up to the top of the building.

Simple kids bedroom design by Alia Bengana and Capucine de Cointet Architecte with twin bed and vintage rattan rocking chair | NONAGON.style

A New Lease of Life

From wreck to wow, this little Paris corner has had quite the journey. What we love the most is how the contemporary aesthetic doesn’t completely overwrite the building’s history. Yes, this space was desperately in need of an update, but that’s no reason to disinherit its past.

 

Reflecting on the design, the owners of this space appreciate how this home has become a dynamic place. Overall, architects and owners alike agree that it’s a joyful home that brings the whole family together.

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