Parisian firm providing architectural services f+f architectes has transformed a former attic of an art nouveau building, that dates back to 1901 in Strasbourg, into the duplex apartment with striking minimalist lines. Dubbed The Attic, the large duplex apartment spans over the area that was once, yes that’s right, the attic of the building. The space was created through the conversion of old maid rooms and the above loft that was used for storage. The bedrooms, bathrooms, office and family room are located on the entrance level of the 240 sqm apartment, while the top floor doubles as loftspace and comes with kitchen, living and dining area.
f+f architectes have fitted the entrance hall with the skylight that illuminates the family room, that leads to the master and children bedrooms on one side and to the guest bedroom with office space on the other. The master bedroom aka mini suite features walk-in wardrobe and adjoining bathroom. Natural light flows through an added large glazed panel in the roof while the existing small windows boast a view on the park. The bathroom flooring and walls are marble clad with ceramic tiles (3x1m), while the furniture is made of black dyed MDF.
The upper floor is spread into three distinct spaces: the kitchen, living room and dining area between them. The chimney masonry from the lower floor apartments interrupts the open plan. The living room faces a large terrace that is partly sunken into the roof and is fitted with the built in fireplace, flanked with concealed storage spaces and bar. The kitchen island is finished with marble ceramic.[justified_image_grid preset=18 ids=71496,71497,71498,71499,71500,71501 caption=off]
Throughout the project the material palette is restrained: wood flooring, black MDF that is dyed in the mass for the fixed furniture, large sheets of thin ceramic in the bathrooms and kitchen top. A black box consisting of dyed MDF panels and doors act as boundary concealing bedroom, bathroom and storage spaces. The original varnished pinewood flooring has been preserved and renovated. The pine boards have been treated in a scandinavian fashion with lye to block the pigments and prevent the wood from yellowing, then soaped for the finish. This gives the boards a pale-white, semi-mat aspect that is very soft to the touch.
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