The apartment of Alice is a typical apartment like the ones in the movies of Jacques Tati. From the small Parisian street full of local shops, you enter a door, go through a long corridor, then a courtyard in order to access the building, open three doors and climb five floors to reach the small but beautiful space. Once you are in the apartment, your orientation is lost. Each window overlooks a different courtyard, just as if the urban identity of Paris continued into the most intimates spaces.
Before the renovation, the flat had undergone several homemade renovations and reparations, which made the space feel very old. Nevertheless, the typology of the plan gave it a lot of potential: The property consists of three rooms, each of them independent of each other and each of them with a clearly defined activity: living, sleeping and logistics.
The renovation of the sleeping and living area was reduced to the minimum (white painting and floor cleaning) in order to give most of the budget to the logistics room. The main challenge was to put a bathroom, a kitchen and an entrance hall as well as all the technical elements in 7 sqm. The proposal consists of two main gestures: The first is to create a wooden internal façade with the entrance to the bathroom and the kitchen facing the entrance hall, thereby materialising the concept of the Parisian urbanity within the apartment by recreating the idea of streets and facades. The second is to create a diagonal wall between the kitchen and the bathroom creating two punctual intensely narrow moments of 50cm (to enter the kitchen and the shower) allowing the rest of the program to have more space.