The challenge of transforming an old apartment into a contemporary home can be faced in a lot of different ways. The strategy chosen by the team at Toledano+Architects was to keep the old shell of the apartment intact as much as possible and to fill it with all sorts of new features. The apartment is located in Paris and has a total surface of 130 square meters. By preserving a lot of the historical elements such as all the moldings on the ceiling and the walls, the architects gave the apartment lots of character. At the same time, they made sure to turn this into a contemporary home with all the bells and whistles and a suitable aesthetic.
The most prominent design element would have to be the wood and plywood ribbon which forms an undulating wall that divides the large open space into two main sections. On one side of it stands the master suite with an open bathroom and a dressing room and on the other there’s an area dedicated to kids as well as a bedroom and a bathroom. The common area is large and open, composed of the typical living room – dining area – kitchen trio. This ribbon wall is lower than the ceiling and not only decorative. It also incorporates lots of storage for the kitchen and other areas and it also conceals the entrances to some of the rooms.