Place of experimentation and novelties where theory and more intimate sources of inspiration intertwine, the apartment-studio is a penthouse from Le Corbusier's research on villas with roof garden buildings. His free plan, his garden roof, his vaulted roofs, his polychromy, his large sliding glass panes and the size of his pivoting doors make it a major element of his architectural work. With an area of 240 m², the apartment has four parts, served by the same entrance: the 7th floor, the workshop with outbuildings; apartment
composed of a living room, a dining room, a bedroom-bathroom and a kitchen. On the upper level, a guest room and a roof garden designed as a separate room. The apartment is both characterized by its brightness and the fluidity of space. This exceptional luminosity is due to the glazed walls on the two facades, with various openings taking daylight on the courettes as well as several skylights. The flexibility of the space is due to the pivoting walls allowing to have a continuous space between the facades or on the contrary to close workshop or stay. Same principle between the dining room and the bedroom, separated by a wide closet door. The continuity of the space is emphasized by the uniform layout of the tiles that cover the floor.
A WORK TO RESTORE - Although having regularly been the subject of repair and maintenance work, a faulty waterproofness from the beginning, the fact of not being inhabited and therefore insufficiently ventilated have caused disorders to the apartment. The lack of protection causes infiltration: the resulting humidity has degraded the coatings and caused paint to peel off. Cracks also affect glass brick panels. As for the outdoor locksmiths, very exposed to rainwater, they are partially corroded, whether metal joinery or bodyguards. The large exposure linked to the large windows has created a summer overheating effect: an extreme thermal amplitude makes the materials play. An ambitious program of restoration of this place was needed, which allowed:
- To deepen the knowledge of the place
- To find the last state of the studio apartment
- Restore the Polychromy
- Restore wooden elements, floors and furniture