H2O Architectes has recently updated a flat for a couple of book collectors and family in Paris
Previously an ancient servant’s quarters, the flat sits at the the top of a Haussmannian building complete with signature 45-degree sloping roof. Totemic wood shelves emerge from the parquet floor, playing and reacting with all existing diagonal shapes, and offering a functional solution to house the array of books owned by the client. These become the focal point of the flat adding dynamic elements to the interior space.
There is a spatial and graphical imbrication between horizontal and vertical planar surfaces throughout the flat. While the totems utilise the same wood as the floor, the white painting on the parquet reinforces the overlap with white vertical surfaces.