- 1 It was an unsanitary house in ruins, one might say, in the center of Bordeaux. Alexandre Stiers, agency OYAT Architects (Alexandre Stiers & Fred Sauger), made a pleasant place very bright life, from 40 to 60 m2. Visit.
It was an unsanitary house in ruins, one might say, in the center of Bordeaux. Alexandre Stiers, agency OYAT Architects (Alexandre Stiers & Fred Sauger), made a pleasant place very bright life, from 40 to 60 m2. Visit.
There was little chance that another than he notices and especially does not want to appropriate this foxhole. Alexandre Stiers, sees beyond the narrowness of the place, the rickety roof and buys this "apartment". Of the existing, it has kept almost nothing, if not the main: the walls and beams. However, the constraints of the trapezoidal space (3 m wide and 4 m garden side street side) on 1 floor, pushed him to more creativity. And so he built a lovely apartment on 4 levels, with conservatory and souplex, clawing at passage 20 appreciable m2.
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The renovation project in brief
Or ? Bordeaux center.
Area? 40 m2 before work, after 60 m2.
The idea? Optimize up spaces to make them livable for a couple.
Redesigning the space of a new apartment
This apartment has inherited almost nothing from the old building except the 2 stone walls of the neighboring houses, and beams. Here, Alexandre Stiers has transformed everything. But the work was not easy: "In a place so small and cramped, everything is more complicated quickly, everything is saturated and must draw a traffic and comfortable spaces.", Begins the architect.
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Taking advantage of a ceiling height of 3.20 m, the architect has created different levels in this house. A mezzanine to start and souplex, just below. The architect is able to exploit the space by removing nearly 10 m3 of soil, this new bearing descending below the foundations. There have been created a bathroom and ever lower, dressing.
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Make bright the small apartment
It was also made more light instead. The architect built a glass wall overlooking the garden. On the upper part double glazing strengthened against the sun's rays was used. On the side, a sandblasted glass replaced the original cinder block. He lets go and light (south) and is dam to the indiscretions of the neighborhood. This large canopy favors natural lighting throughout the house. This is also where he housed the small kitchen in L.
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Totally open-plan space has sometimes openings street on windows, sometimes those side garden.
But only the mezzanine to take this double exposure. However, at any time of the day, the house is bright.
In terms of artificial lighting, appliques Wall participating in the evening to feel greatness of living without sacrificing the charm of this space. Below, spots are recessed in a false ceiling.
A healthy and responsible renovation
The renovation was as healthy as possible thinking. Few plasterboard, the pro favored natural materials! he chose to keep exposed stone party walls and pass them with lime.
The wooden beams were sandblasted. If the entire floor has been changed, Alexandre Stiers favored a solid pine flooring. From that same wood, the architect realized the doors of its storage and steps of staircases.
Generally, wood warms the atmosphere of this mineral location. This in turn brings the rustic and natural look that sought the couple.
Finally, in terms of heating, the arch preferred a pellet stove: "This equipment proves hyper efficient, environmentally friendly and very economical," he adds.
Controlled Deco Recycling
"The decor was either mottled or created from scratch. Our inner lives. It has a history, it is not perfect, it looks like us," said Alexandre Stiers. The sofa, coffee table, armchair and some chairs have summers found in the street, then patched. The bookcase and the dining table summers have made with their own hands.
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Same outside: "We slightly reduced the wall to soften the separation and grow a vegetation The terrace was to remain in its juice, to maintain the existing footprint while incorporating this new front in its environment. "he concludes.