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Apartement V.

When the past meets the present 

Location: Lyon 2e in a Haussmann-style building. 

Completion: 2017 

Surface area: 350 m2

Layout: 1 kitchen – 1 reception room – 1 lounge/library – 3 bedrooms, one of which a master suite with dressing room and bathroom – 1 separate studio appartment upstairs – 1 office – 1 entrance hall.  

Partners to project: Project Manager: Bel Flores Associés, François Bel – Mobilier RBC  

The brief: 

- Convert a doctor's practice into a living space. 

- Restore meaning and function to the spaces. 

- Create a relevant flow. 

- Preserve the existing style but with a modern dimension. 

- Design a generous, functional and practical kitchen. 

 

Architectural choice: 

Atelier Giffon redesigned all the spaces and the consistency thereof. The overriding prerequisite was to adapt the whole area to residential use with a new layout of all the rooms to replace the medical practice. The living spaces and the master suite therefore benefit from the natural light of the large windows and their views, on the south facade, while the children's rooms give on to the courtyard. A lounge/library, with contrasting shades and the nerve centre of the family life, provides for an easy and central flow between these two distinct areas. Thus, the two lounges play a game of oppositions, the ballroom is bathed in light while the lounge/library is deliberately dressed in a cloak of darkness in an "English boudoir" spirit, rethinking the rules. At the client's request, the kitchen area meets the brief of being as close as possible to a professional kitchen. This completely autonomous Poliform kitchen features low maintenance materials and responds to the owner's need for storage with its spacious proportions. 

 

Added value of the project: 

Atelier Giffon went for a combination of old and new, where modern-day comfort rubs shoulders with restored and, where necessary, reintegrated period features such as the curved parquet flooring with rosettes, composed of twelve different species of wood, and woodwork (mouldings, stylobates, curved doors, etc.). The contemporary dimension stands out through the mastery of perspectives with each room showcasing its own view points but also through the use of innovative materials: ceramic, steel, Corian®, perfectly suited to an old-style context, the fittings and hand-sewn decoration, all connected by custom-made pivoting doors, combining glass and steel, creating a pattern and fusion of the worlds of yesterday and today. 

 

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