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Green walls frame the bed space

Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte gives Paris studio apartment hotel-like aesthetic

French architecture studio Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte has renovated a studio apartment in Paris, adding a curved wall with scalloped wood panelling.

Located in Saint Germain des Pres district of Paris, the previously dark and dated 30-square-metre apartment was updated to create a simple hotel-like aesthetic.

It has bright interiors by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
Top: Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte has renovated an apartment in Paris. Above: the apartment has an open-plan arrangement

"Our customers who live mainly in the countryside wanted a cocoon during their stay in Paris," Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte founder Pierre-Louis Gerlier told Dezeen.

"They bought a small apartment ideally located in the famous district of Saint Germain des Près, but it was quite old and very dark. Their main wish was to feel like in a hotel with a simple and pure decoration."

A curved partition wall wraps around the space by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
The curved wall has fluted wood panels

Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte completely redesigned the small courtyard-facing studio apartment using Shigeru Ban's Paper House as inspiration while looking to maintain its original charm.

The studio removed all partition walls, the uneven wooden floor and false ceiling to increase the height of the space and reveal its beams.

Beams in the ceiling were left exposed by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
Waxed concrete was used on the floors to relfect light

"The first inspiration is The Paper House by Shigeru Ban," Gerlier said.

"Like this house, a large curved wall crosses the space to offer different places a large living room opens to the outside, a corner office to isolate and of course all the water rooms are hidden behind this partition."

It has a kitchenette built into the partition wall by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
The kitchenette is recessed within an opening in the wall

The studio added a curved partition wall that wraps around the corner of the apartment like a "cocoon", enclosing the compact kitchen, shower room and toilet.

The wall has scalloped wood-panelling that has a two-tone design that aims to visually extend the space.

"The curved wall that integrates the water rooms creates a cocoon effect," said Gerlier. "This wall opens to the outside to maximize the feeling of space."

White walls run throughout the space by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
Different spaces are zoned with a bright green

Its curved form is interrupted by a recessed section that is used to house a kitchenette.

Kitchen cabinetry sits within the recessed opening and was finished with a bright green colour. A waxed concrete backsplash provides a textural backdrop.

A dresser is built into the wall by Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte
A neutral palette runs throughout the space

Pops of green were used to zone different areas within the open-plan apartment, framing the sleeping area and being used for a dressing table cum desk and the kitchen cabinetry.

Walls were painted white and waxed concrete was used across the floors to unify the space and reflect light.

"The apartment being relatively small and not very luminous, first-floor courtyard facing, we chose light colours for the living room."

The shower room is within the curved wall
The shower room has a waxed concrete finish

Alongside the kitchen, a frosted glass midcentury sliding door leads to a small shower room housed within the curved partition wall.

Green waxed concrete covers the walls of the curved shower room and aims to create a feeling of intimacy.

Doors have a stained wood and frosted glass construction
Stained wood provides a warm contrast

Pierre-Louis Gerlier Architecte is an architecture studio based in France.

Other Parisian apartments include this home designed by Toledano + Architects with an undulating timber wall and this apartment that was designed around a child-proof home.

Photography is by Ercole Salinaro.

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