Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Architecture Wednesday: Saganaki House

When I first saw the name of this home — Saganaki House—I assumed it was somewhere in Asia, but no … it’s Paris, baby.

It’s an extension of a small … and I mean small … triangular home on three levels, but there were problems, not the least of which it was small and triangular and on three levels. It was a complex geometrical space, difficult to furnish and live in, and was quite dark and north facing.

A new first level was created using the geometry of the small plot of land and the second level was constructed “off-axis” which allowed for a new orientation to the west and the ability to remove two small roof terraces.

The new levels have a differentiated architectural façade — zinc cladding for the first, wooden cladding for the second—to express the “hierarchy” of the spaces created. By the same logic, the four staircases of this five level home have different geometries as one travels “from the basement to the attic” to the terrace.

The architect also used custom furniture to optimize storage space while highlighting the complex geometry of the plan. The use of white as a predominant color and wood for all the floors walls and ceilings links each level bringing “clarity to living spaces.”

It is small …. And it’s five levels … and it’s oddly shaped … but, sheesh, it’s Paris.


the dogs' mother said...

congrats to them on making good use of space!

Helen Lashbrook said...

worth a bloody fortune small as it is

Mitchell is Moving said...

A very cool-looking space and a great job with windows and natural light. We briefly rented a similar apartment in Sevilla (much nicer finish work, but much less natural light) -- four bedrooms, three bathrooms, split levels. It was spread onto 5 staggered levels with separate twisting stairways leading from one to the next. A fun-looking space, but very unpleasant, awkward and inconvenient to navigate. So, this is cool, but leaves me cold.