Eva's bed by h2o Architectes



Paris firm h2o Architectes have completed an elevated child's bed that also forms a partition and play area in a Paris residence.


The structure includes shelves, steps, hidden compartments and passages for the children to play in and around.


Photos by Stéphane Chalmeau.


Here's some more information from h2o Architectes:


Eva’s bed

The arrival of a new child in the family pressed a young couple to think about a way to divide a room into two parts. The idea was to provide a personal space to each child. The project answers to this request of separation by adding a third space making the partition.


The creation of a “multiple-use furniture” in the middle of the space allows to add some depth to the primary basic partition. It afford passages, secret storage, bed, office... in a funny way.


The specific blend generates a concentrated typology of spaces and situations in perpetual renewal. The new partition is porous creating steps, cavities and niches which suggests many possibilities for appropriation (climbing, hidding, drawing, etc...).


Many uncharted and intermediate spaces led by the furniture allow for the invention of any kind of practices and uses. Let’s play!


h2o architectes is an office of creative architectural design also specializing in the restoration of ancient monuments. It is lead by three architects: Charlotte Hubert architect dipl. DPLG and historical preservation architect, Jean-Jacques Hubert architect dipl. DPLG founder of the office and Antoine Santiard architect dipl. EPFL who joined in 2008.


Established as a firm in 2005, the leading architects have had multiple collaborations since 2000. They have executed projects and won international competitions both as independent architects as well as for other major architects (Bruno Decaris, Jakob+MacFarlane, Bernard Tschumi).


h2o works on a wide scope of projects and scales including historical monuments and sites, urban planning, architecture and design. In all projects, program development engages a team of experts from various fields, constantly renewing the relationship between context / program, use / material and precision research in innovative solutions.


For every question, numerous alternatives are considered stimulating a rich and fruitful discussion with the client as well as a positive correlation between all possible envisaged resolutions.


In every projects and at different scales the office intends to combine a controled duality between a determinated possibility of uses and some situations offering possibilities for appropriation.


These somewhat uncharted spaces allow for the invention of any kind of practices and customs, and therefore, for the modification of the individual’s place in a more and more controlled social space.

The office has just been awarded the Najap Prize 2008 : a recognition of a selection of young European architects and landscape planners organised by the French ministry of culture and communication.


Both Jean-Jacques Hubert and Antoine Santiard currently teach Architectural Design on a part time basis Mr. Hubert at ESAT, Superior Technical and Art School in Paris and Mr. Santiard at ENSAPM, National Superior Architectural School of Paris Malaquais.


Client: private
Program: Creation of a piece of furniture / partition / bed for a child in a 16m² room
Location: Paris 10e
Project year: March 2009


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  • zetre

    that kid sure has a leaning towards minimalism..

  • Prof. Z

    superbe et intelligent!!!

  • michael r

    Amazing !! and very tricky
    I really like the different spaces formed with one single element in a very nice composition of shapes and volumes.
    I wish I could be a child again
    Nice Job !!

  • ambroise


  • tanya telford – T

    From what I’ve seen, i really like this studios work, imaginative solutions both in terms of built space/aesthetics and end user/client space use…..

    Building within limited space but still building, allowing room for the imagination – really nice work,

  • Gallego

    I actually like the idea of a child playing between the staircase, so it can hit its head, and the corner of the desk, enabling to hurt other parts of its body after hitting its head or slipping on the cleverly situated stair next to the desk. and the outside edges of the desk or of the bookshelf, they’re just great. some traditionalists might insist, that less corners and sharp edges would be more safe for the kid, but authors of this funny thing weren’t stopped by such backward thinking… well done, if they tried to design instant kid killer… (on the other hand, it is nice, but so is a flick knife and yet you wouldn’t buy one for your seven-year-old…)

  • hacedeca

    Seeing the photos of the kid with the socks I can easily imagine, how he slips and falls down the extremely slippery looking stairs crushing his back head.

    Stuff for Kids? Round and soft please!

  • avi

    Looks fantastic.
    Two immediate questions from the parent’s pov:
    1. How do you change the bed’s sheets, and how do you clean the storage space on the bed’s level?
    2. How do you reach for the kid in case he’s sick / calls you at night, etc.?

  • I felt like joining in the fun too!

  • Nothing says fun and rambunctious youth like austere 90 degree angles.

    A wonderful idea and perfect layout, but a little too designy in execution. The whiteness, the minimalism, the sharp edges. I can’t see clambering over that back and forth as a little boy shooting invisible Nazis. If it were made of wood or something…

  • Japr

    is something so architectural the solution for a little homework desk, some shelves for books and toys, and a bed? does building a room inside a room give the idea of an open and bigger room? maybe, not in my home. looks like dharma iniciative.

  • Felix Lai

    To own a house in the childhood, wonderful.
    Hope h2o can design an adult version for us.

  • slater

    Did anyone else notice the photographer catching himself in the mirror in the first image?! It is kinda picky but I think there could be a way to capture that shot with out being part of the photo… I have to agree with the comments about how un-safe this is for a kid, but it is nice. These projects always inspire me to do something similar to my own loft.

  • bibo architect

    poor kid!! he will really feel sorry as he grows up!!! thanks God i didnt had this!!

  • tanya telford – T

    sorry, you guys that bought up the kids safety issues are right, i was looking at it more from a concept point of view, softer edges, different materials could be worked though?, also i looked at another project of theirs – Chatou, (for older children),

  • tanya telford – T

    ..my interest in it being that they were working within a very limited amount of space,

  • wentao

    bookshelf above the bed is dangerous for anyone sleeping there

  • Well I think we can all agree that although it looks dangerous, it’s more focused on creating the space.

    HOWEVER, why is this structure so massive? It’s so imposing, even with its light blue colour. The first sentence says it is an “elevated bed”. That is NOT a bed. That is a BUILDING within a room. It’s actually rather humorous to me, as if “this is what happens when architects design furniture”. As if the reverse would be an industrial designer making a building in the shape of a sofa.

  • ling

    it’s a house in a room! though it’s a little too minimalism for a child

  • Pierre Sinsua

    boost Eva’s imagination

  • Kamric

    a playful & interesting design. but not suitable design.
    slippery, sharp angle, saveless.
    maybe it suit for elder child, but not a 7 yrs old engerytic boy.

  • Al-Ishaq

    “Where are you son?”

  • Lazar

    It’s awful!, these angles hurts just looking at them! where is the liberty of the spase? or childrens creativity? This is architectural diktat!
    I feel sorry for the kid….. and the stupid pictures where the child write something- look the legs.
    In such rigid structure should be lock up the architects!!!

  • Edie

    Really, the detail that most concerns me is the dropoff below the desk. As soon as the poor child nudges his chair closer it will slip off of the platform. And no handrail on the stairs?

  • all sharp angled!!!! seriously what is the point here??????

  • Kate

    I think this is clever
    It allows the seven year old to feel like he has his own room while also accommodating a baby in a cot. It will allow the parent to attend to the baby through the night without disturbing the older child, while providing much play and climbing opportunities.
    A lot more interesting than off the shelf bunk bed combinations.
    I’m sure it has ample hidden storage and the potential for personalisation with additional flexible elements/furniture, toys, pictures, paint finishes such as blackboard and pin boards etc.
    Yes, perhaps the angles are too sharp and these images make it seem a bit cold, but the addition of rails and soft fall type finishes will easily resolve safety concerns.
    Not sure how it would be in warmer climates, could be a bit stuffy but it gives a fresh perspective on the potential in designing children’s furniture.

  • Nikola S.

    Oh its about furniture. I though that the photos are from some campaign against torturing children.
    Its good for “Sixth sense 3”

  • Nikola S.

    Such a big structure. The older kid is abut 3. What will happen after 3 years when the older kid will be 6, and the younger 3. He won’t be baby anymore.
    And after 6 years…
    Children room need fast changes. Not furniture-monuments.

  • Nikola S.

    And if the older kid gets ill. And the parents would like to be next to the bed. Can they climb there?? Can they check the high temperature …
    Or if the kid gets diarrhea and has to go to toilette every 5 minutes, what then?

  • T

    Am not very comfortable with the location of the crib. Too near the radiator, and too near the shelving from where even a baby can pull stuff to choke on. And anything mom or dad puts on those shelves near the ceiling can easily fall inside the crib and hurt the baby. Attractive minimalist design, but might not necessarily be suited for the intended users.

  • J Says

    How can Dezeen feature this when it is quite obvious the play area is not child friendly. But then again, if a child breaks his/her neck, then it’s the child’s fault, right???

  • Gal

    Very clever design, yet one problem: what will you do when the kids get older?