in the 14th arrondissement of paris, the NEA workshop has completed the thoughtful renovation of a former artist’s studio dating from the end of the 1940s. Designed for an artist from Oregon and her husband working in the film industry, the project, called ‘jean moulin workshop – house’, favors adaptability and combines spaces for domesticity with spaces for creativity.
pictures of lorenzo zandri
the compact three-story building is located in a private alley in the south of Paris. the NEA workshop has retained the main architectural features of the original architecture, including a large steel window leading to a private terrace, an old maple tree, a double-height space and a skylight.
When they approached Nathalie Eldan from Atelier NEA, the couple wanted to create an intimate space that reflects their personality and their way of life. jean moulin atelier – house is the result of a great collaboration with the owners while taking into consideration every object and work of art they owned.
the main design approach focused on adaptability and functionality, which included nearly two dozen integrated units in sycamore maple and custom steel. the project preserves the original typology of the studio while enhancing the layout through a total revolution of the positions of the two staircases. they have been moved from the back of the house to the front, towards the double-height mezzanine space, creating a constant dialogue with the exterior.
private and shared needs are separate but they remain both flexible and adaptable. the open concept ground floor where the kitchen is located supports life without internal hierarchy. it can be used for multiple uses – as an artist studio space or as a living room.
As residents move around the house, the floors become more intimate. the two upper floors have two nooks, a bathroom, a laundry area, a dressing room and an office area. the scale varies throughout the house. on the mezzanine, the corner has a lower ceiling for more privacy and a closer relationship to the human body. this corner, associated with a dressing room, is dedicated to sleep and relaxation. it can be closed with 3 extra-wide sliding doors in solid sycamore maple wood and woven jute.
an additional corner for guests is located on the upper level. the two corners are the only spaces that can be considered private, creating an enclosure and moving away from the conventional room of a house.
all sliding doors are in woven jute. they function as visual screens while allowing the penetration of natural light and ventilation in all floors. all areas of the house, including the bathroom and the dressing room, are exterior. porous materials; the jute for the doors and the perforated steel sheet in the walk-in closet protect privacy while preserving the relationship with the outside. a large interior window that overlooks the entire house has been created on the second floor to gain additional natural light.
the renovation adopted sycamore maple wood as the main material, combined with steel, natural jute, waxed concrete and Carrara marble. Atelier NEA has designed the integrated elements in such a way as to minimize the need for additional furniture in this very compact workshop-home. the residence is personified by its owners thanks to a minimal intervention translated by an open layout and the selection of raw and light materials.
name of the project: jean moulin atelier – house
type: house artist studio, rehabilitation
site: Paris, France
architect: NEA workshop
structural engineers: VIMEN wood & steel structure
region: 861 ft2 (80 m2)
carpentry: alex krasnodemsky
steelworks: da ponte & silva + SDH
photography: lorenzo zandri
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edited by: lynne myers | design boom