Old apartments in European cities like Barcelona and Paris are often renovated by knocking down walls to increase the open space. In the Parisian district of Montmartre, local design firm SABO Project does exactly that with this attractive remodel of a fashion designer's top-floor apartment, bringing in a multifunctional wall that acts as an all-in-one storage cabinet, sliding wall and unique set of stairs.
Seen over at ArchDaily and cheekily called "Hike," the firm's design for the 775-square-foot residence opens it up considerably by removing some existing partitions. The multifunctional wall is an intervention that can be used as an office, closet, and hides a sliding wall that provides access to the kitchen, bathroom and one of the sleeping areas, on the lower floor.
We love the stairs -- definitely worthy enough to be our Stair Of The Week -- and apparently inspired by the 436-foot hill that Montmartre is famous for, and the "local climbing culture" that surrounds it.
The modernist kitchen's anemic look is offset with a series of rainbow-coloured natural rubber flooring strips, as well as a wall of integrated, vertical planters that allow the client to grow some fresh herbs at home.
Tucked under the apex of the building's roof, the lofted sleeping area features a bed placed under a skylight. The project's white surfaces -- used to reflect and augment the available daylight -- are offset by choice punctuations of colour and exposed beams of wood. There's no photos of the bathroom, but judging from the plans, it appears to be a nice, double-height space with translucent windowing at the top, to let more light in.
In the bedroom on the lower level, there's yet another full-height wall of storage to free up more floor space.
Vibrant and quirky, this is yet another project that cleverly increases functionality in tight, urban quarters by adding a multifunctional, "transformer" element into the mix. See more similar projects below, and check out more from SABO Project.