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Kabinett // Septembre

Paris, France

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The conversion of a former manufacturing workshop in a Parisian alley to 85m² a family apartment. Multi functional wooden cabinetry lines the perimeter of the space to open up the central living area.
A partially glased wall lets light into the 2 bedrooms and makes the living room visually deeper.

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© Septembre

way back in histroy, the space used to be a music instrument workshop, then it was used for some kind of Chinese manufacturing, probably of clothes. The building is situated in the 11th district (75011) in Paris.The clients were expecting their first child when we got the commission, during the construction phase the baby was born.

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Both parents are lawyers, and they both often worked from home and wanted a work space with two computers in the living room, but the computers should be hidden when not used. . Their basic need was to have two bedrooms and an open kitchen / living room. They wanted a lot of storage space, an indestructible material for the kitchen bench, maximum ceiling height, oak parquet, that all technical equipments such as electrical cables, radiators, music equipments should be integrated and concealed in the cabinetry,

Some info on Septembre: The four of us met during our architecture studies at La Villette Architecture school in Paris, later on all five of us worked in the same architecture office in Paris.

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In September in 2010 we decided to start the collective, one of the things that brought us together was the fact that we were all from elsewhere (Sweden, Maroco and Tunisia) but living and working in Paris. We all have different backgrounds and nationalities, but we all share the same approach/ perception and sensibility towards architecture.

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We are interested in the creative process and in asking questions, we try to have an as open design approach as possible. Starting each a project with a collective workshop putting all ideas on the table and the narrowing down as we go along. We are trying to pay the same attention to all scales ranging from the design of a door handle to a public place.

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We seek to collaborate with other persons in the creative field, like graphic designers, photographers and artists. We are currently developing a project around public benches with a Japanese artist in residency in Paris. We are constantly exploring the profession of architecture, trying to test the limits trying to find new new areas of interventions.

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The classic scheme for architects office is one man, or two associates… we wanted to brake this scheme (that seems old and somehow exceeded) and find new innovative ways of collaborating. We enjoy working a lot “hands on”, making physical models, hand drawings and trying to be very present during construction phase.

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Some members for example participated in the construction of the Ermitage cabin..

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