Paris-based architect Nathalie Eldan has completed the renovation of a micro apartment located inside a 2-story townhouse next to the Bastille, and far like this prototype in London, it uses built-in storage to great effect.
Slightly larger at 27 square meter, or about 290 square feet, the flat, dubbed Urban Cocoon, is truly a duplex, with the main living area on the upper floor. Here, the area is split into 3 zones by way of large birchwood furniture units that integrate a number of functions.
Comprising the private quarters is a pedestal on which a bed is positioned with a dropped ceiling, creating a cozy nook whose base includes pull-out drawers. Because Eldan regards this as the most essential part of the home, the bed is a permanent fixture that cannot be folded up or hidden away. A system of woven screens encloses the area while still allowing some natural light ahead through.
The adjacent living area can be seen as extension of the pedestal. A full-wall birchwood unit not only includes storage that follows the slop of the ceiling, it also has a tiny kitchen counter along with other functions (like a TV).
Are you aware that bathroom, it’s contained within another furniture unit on the lower level that also holds additional storage for items like coats, shoes, and luggage (as well because the entrance to the flat; a minimalist steel staircase connects both floors). Section of Eldan’s project was to renovate the old home, excavating a few of its conventional features like its rough-hewn trusses that were covered whenever a false ceiling was installed years ago.