on the edge of the parisian roofscape
French Architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard designs an apartment in Paris, its soft tones and curved edges washed in the sunlight. The two story penthouse The space is named “The Edge” in reference to its position directly above the city’s iconic rooftops. The architect tells designboom: “This space gave me that very special feeling you get when you find yourself on a cliff, drawn to its edge, mesmerized by the beauty of the landscape and silently afraid of falling. Violent. That had to be an issue for me, that edge.”
pictures of Laurent Krontal | @laurentkronental
the crooked plan of the Parisian building
Clément Lesnoff-Rocard describes the 1980s building that houses the Edge and notes its unique layout. While the overall shell is aligned with the boulevard below, the interior spaces are laid at an angle. “Like someone hit the edge of the building too hard,” he said architect explains: “Bending everything inside so that you almost never face a neighbor, and creating unusual and sharp angles in the floor plan.” This condition, “straight skin with twisted bones,” results in more atypical floorplans divided by sloping walls, creating foreshortened spaces.
a landscape of edges and materials by clément lesnoff-rocard
The design builds on the concept of “edge” that Clément Lesnoff-Rocard views from both a metaphorical and a physical perspective. The designer develops a physical vocabulary of edge types – concrete edges softened by gentle curves, or rigid foam board edges hardened by sharp lines. Views over Paris are brought inside through bay windows, while the interiors are lit from above with skylights. Different edges are contrasted with their materiality of blackened wood and white paint or white marble and light concrete.
With its textured surfaces, concrete elements appear softer when paired against smooth, white-painted walls—again, it reads solid and heavy against a shaggy cushion. In this way, the dialogue between materials helps to celebrate or transform their individual nuances.
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