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Full of clarity for this refurbished 2 rooms

Full of clarity for this refurbished 2 rooms

Benjamin Godiniaux

This apartment of 34 m2, facing south in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, has been completely refurbished by the duo of architects Benjamin Godiniaux and Sacha Goutnova. They wanted the apartment to be fully flooded with light, no matter where you are, accentuating its unobstructed view.

It took Benjamin Godiniaux and Sacha Goutnova four months to refurbish the entire apartment of 34 m2. Soil, partitions, everything was destroyed in order to rebuild it around its 4 windows. A clean slate of this 2-room Paris facing south that will have cost 45 000 euros HT to its owner.

The renovation project in brief

The idea : to rebuild a 2 rooms, to spaces better distributed, starting from the 4 windows of the flat, to accentuate its luminosity.

The surface : 34 m2.

The place : in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.

The budget : 45 000 euros before tax, furniture included.

The duration of the work : 4 months.

A bright perspective throughout the apartment

The challenge of these two architects was to make the four windows visible in every corner of the living room. They wanted to play this asset and thus highlight this (very) bright side of the apartment facing south and without vis-à-vis. For that, all the partitions, which blocked the view, were slaughtered. From one end to the other of the apartment, the elements, somewhat unsightly, such as appliances or bed, are then hidden. Sliding doors have also been installed to play with the perspective and depth of the apartment. Open, they offer the impression of having one and the same space.

Benjamin Godiniaux

Apart from the partitions, the floor has also been completely destroyed. Difference of levels, problems of soundproofing, the floor had to be changed and enhanced. The architects chose an ash plywood from Mafi, with veins marked to absorb light. They took advantage of a dark floor they could afford thanks to this extra light.

To create continuity throughout the apartment, cement tiles, from Carocim, were laid on the ground. Mixed with the boards of parquet, these tiles create a propagation of colors. Choose hexagonal shape, more graphic, they can make the transition with the floor, in a delicate way. So, from the living room to the kitchen, or the entrance to the bathroom, they allow a smooth passage from one room to another. Installed under the kitchen elements, the cement tiles also make it possible to avoid projections on the floor, more difficult to maintain in a room like the kitchen. A fully custom built kitchen, with these 3 m2 of surface only. Small but bright thanks to its white color and its suspension Céline Wright, elegant and discreet.

Benjamin Godiniaux

Benjamin Godiniaux

White and primary colors for interior decoration

The owner had demanded a completely white apartment, to accentuate its luminosity. But she also wanted to bring pep, with bright keys of the three primary colors. That's why red and blue were chosen for cement floor tiles. The red tiles, to bring warmth and friendliness to the kitchen area, and the blue tiles for the aquatic atmosphere. It is actually a shades of blue, which was built in gradation, to enter the bathroom in delicacy. A bathroom where we find these same colors, through a white mosaic with blue joints.

Benjamin Godiniaux

Benjamin Godiniaux

A yellow sofa, from Fleux ', also took place in the heart of the living room. Sparkling and bright, it absorbs the light of day and brightens the living room. Beside him, very little furniture has been integrated into the apartment, in order to keep a unique notion of space. The only decorative pieces are objects found in Africa or China, during the many trips of the owner.

Benjamin Godiniaux

An atypical room for a 2 rooms

The owner was ready to sell to buy a bigger and more functional apartment. Indeed, initially, the room was 16 m2, for a stay that was only 11 m2. His wish was to be able to enjoy a larger living room, while keeping a separate room. The architects then accepted the challenge and managed to reverse the proportions.

The room is now only 2 meters long: the length of the bed. Only one narrow partition has been erected, the width of the bed; which just allows to hide it. An atypical configuration, which the owner had difficulty adapting. Indeed, to move from one side to another of the bed, it is mandatory to go through the living room. But she quickly understood the value of this operation, to save space. Only 9 m2 for this bedroom, which offers yet quality services, with a wardrobe of 2 m 30, and a bed of 140 x 200 cm. The wardrobe doors are covered with mirrors, to accentuate this notion of bright perspective: conductive thread of the apartment. The unobstructed view of the windows can thus be reflected in the mirrors and give an impression of space.

Benjamin Godiniaux

Benjamin Godiniaux

Made-to-measure for a functional 2-piece

Wardrobe, shelves, desk, the entire pan, opposite the four windows, was built to measure. The office was not a demand imposed by the owner. But Benjamin Godiniaux and Sacha Goutnova chose to integrate an office, like a niche, to break the rhythm of this immaculate white wall. The width of these shelves, 60 cm, has been reduced gradually from the desk, to keep a sufficiently wide entrance.

Benjamin Godiniaux

The outside wall of the bathroom has been built in rounded to have a more direct opening and easier on the room to live, since the door of entry. This transformation is also visible from the inside and offers a washbasin with an aesthetic curve.

Benjamin Godiniaux

The apartment offers a unique feeling of space, while keeping rooms that are specific to their functionality, such as the bedroom or the kitchen. Indeed, the architects have proposed a kitchen open to the owner, who refused. She wanted to keep separate spaces for each utility.

Benjamin Godiniaux

Find the architecture studio of Benjamin Godinaux and Sacha Goutnova on www. goodnova2.com or at 5 rue du Grand Prieure, in the 11th district of Paris.

You can also find more achievements of the duo of architects on their profile Home House Projects