Atelier Wilda transformed the painting studio of the late artist Pierre Lemaire (1920-2007) in Paris, France into a contemporary family apartment. The 484.3-square-foot (45-square-meter) crib features minimalist interiors and charming roof windows, which flood the space in natural light.

Neither the client nor the architect were willing to compromise on the spatial quality of the workshop. The developers preserved the load-bearing walls and the roof of the building but demolished the existing slab. This led to the creation of a central open space, visible from every corner of the apartment.

“White walls highlight the wooden elements (beech) that soften and warm the light,” the architects said. “The custom furniture has been designed to the smallest detail in order to optimize all possible storage room. In order to amplify the sense of space, the project presents little variation of color and materials.”

A bright cabin perches at the top of the volume, with a bird’s eye view of the living room. This creative addition accommodates a large bed for two, an office space with storage and a fold-away desk. Above all, the contemporary family apartment celebrates originality and playfulness. Photography by David Foessel.

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