Cubic mentality: 4-story Paris flat fits comfort in 25 sq mt




Architect Jérôme Vinçon believes that with architecture, like clothing, made-to-measure buys a lot more than ready-to-wear. When his friends Michel Craca and Gaelle Potel bought a tiny apartment (next door to the restaurant in Paris’ Montparnasse where he’s head chef and she’s maitre d’) and asked for his help, he delivered a piece of personal architecture where every centimeter was scrutinized.

In what was once a doorman’s room and cellar, Vinçon took advantage of the 17 feet of height and crafted four floors of personal architecture in just 25 square meters. Instead of creating the smallest staircase possible, Vinçon turned the entire apartment into an open staircase.

On the top floor a mostly open bathroom dangles above the living room. Its semi-transparent shower (the “peep show”) is suspended directly above the kitchen. Down a tiny boat-style staircase, the bedroom is the final subterranean floor. Cut off from all light, it feels like a cozy captain’s cabin with lots of sliding storage.

To extend the natural daylight from the apartment’s sole window (in the living room), Vinçon left the bathroom open with its semi-opaque shower. By making the kitchen just a half-floor below the living room, it also benefits from the window. Given Craca’s profession as a chef, Vinçon worked to create the most professional kitchen possible in 32-square-feet of space.

Vinçon has spent years studying small spaces. His research has focused on boats, dorms, space station and a convent. He once lived in a tiny room (1.8 by 6 meters) in Le Corbusier’s modernist convent near Lyon (“Couvent Saint-Marie de la Tourette”) and was inspired by all of Le Corbusier’s “theory of the dimension of the body of man”.

“We often say that architecture is a matter of 10 centimeters. Ten centimeters less here (he says pointing out the bedroom stairs) and my shoulders don’t fit anymore. Ten centimeters are fundamental here. SO I’m not working within 10 centimeters here, but one centimeter. So here I had to work more with the human body. So it required a lot of thought to find the best solution each time.”

Atelier d’architecture Jerome Vinçon:

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29 Comments

  1. Cyril Carisosa
    October 7, 2017
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    where’s the shitter?

  2. Gharsallah Anis
    October 7, 2017
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    Interesting ideas but hard to maintain

  3. catgirldo
    October 7, 2017
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    His explanation of the importance of measurements was poetic. The apartment is beautifully designed and its a tribute to the people who live there and their brilliant gifted amazingly talented architect.

  4. Lou Warmé
    October 8, 2017
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    I live in a 9 meter square apartment in Paris, and this makes me jealous haha

  5. Marcia Peixoto
    October 8, 2017
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    incroyable, génial, ce mec est super créatif

  6. M R.
    October 8, 2017
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    very clever use of limited space!

  7. Itir tansi
    October 8, 2017
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    I would definatly put the bedroom where the light is! Upstairs….The bathroom would do just fone with no lights. But you are a very good designer. You have put so much thought into this.

  8. Khryl Lim
    October 10, 2017
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    My priorities would have switched floors but its beautiful use of space

  9. Metroalgo Tiny House
    October 13, 2017
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    Es una pasada.

  10. CPS 56
    October 13, 2017
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    This apartment is a tour de force. So many inspired solutions to the challenge of making a viable living space within a limited volume. The staging of the kitchen/living room/window is genius. (I just wonder how many times have people beaned themselves on those metal, under-stair supports? Ouch.)

  11. Elsie Viola Dupuis
    October 15, 2017
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    That space was tailored for me☺
    🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦👍🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦👍🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦👌🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦

  12. TRAVEL BINGE
    October 15, 2017
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    What is rent on this place? Or cost to purchase?

  13. Amanda Hyde
    October 15, 2017
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    Any apartment in Paris works for me. My brother used to live in a tiny apartment by the Arc de Triomphe. Heaven on earth

  14. Hugo MT
    October 16, 2017
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    where was the entrance door? I could see a door near the window on the outdoor shots but didnt see it on the inside

  15. Allat Goddess
    October 17, 2017
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    Soooo magical! But where's the toilet?!

  16. Ja Gu
    October 17, 2017
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    I actually love this tour, I come back every few months to rewatch it

  17. Geremy Roxas
    October 18, 2017
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    This is really good design! Maximizing all the available space is great 🙂 In my country it would be difficult to put a bedroom like that because of earthquakes or floods! Lol 🙂 this is awesome!

  18. Bass Mainer
    October 19, 2017
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    For me, that's pushing it.

  19. Kaliboose Baydoun
    October 19, 2017
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    This one was good!

  20. roleat
    October 22, 2017
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    exposed toilet smells

  21. Shyho
    October 24, 2017
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    yay

  22. kai //
    October 27, 2017
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    ok. did i miss something? wheres the ducking toilet?

  23. Vanessa Attah
    October 27, 2017
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    I would totally live here. maybe not with a child because of all the stairs but with someone I was close to like a SO or a sibling.

  24. salmonline
    October 28, 2017
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    So, 'douche" also means shower….

  25. Yoga Venter
    October 28, 2017
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    A toilet? Where is the toilet?

  26. Maggie Mae Miniature Dachshunds world
    November 6, 2017
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    This is my dream type of home!!!!!

  27. bluedance lilly
    November 10, 2017
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    Maybe I'm not quite understanding this.  Good design, but I think I'd feel a little too much like a monkey climbing up and down so many different floors all the time. The kitchen is tiny – if someone is cooking, it'd be hard for another person to pass through to the bedroom below.  And having to go up 3 stories between the bedroom and the bathroom?  And the lack of windows.  Hmmm.  Not convinced.  But clearly the architect is clever.

  28. D cat
    November 11, 2017
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    gorgeous!

  29. KraftwithaK Kraft
    November 11, 2017
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    This is a really beautiful and remarkable space. I wonder about fire codes for France. I don't think it would pass in North America as there is only one way out of the bedroom and you have to go through the kitchen to escape. While I am sure it must satisfy codes there, having a shallow bookcase in the bedroom which could function as a ladder in an emergency and a hatch into the living room seems like a good idea, but I know of two cases close to me where people died in non-legal North American bedrooms with only one exit, which was blocked in a fire.

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