Nicolai Paris
Antoine Huot
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LightingOcchio
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LightingVipp

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Nicolai Paris

noa* network of architecture as Architects

A young Italian family chooses as their pied-à-terre a flat in the heart of Paris, between the blue-grey galvanised roofs and the banks of the Seine. Studio noa* has been asked to design the interiors and help recreate the feeling of being at home. An exciting task, which deals with sensations, images and memories.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

Among the many facets with which Paris has established itself in the collective imagination, one cannot overlook the noble hôtel particulier, elegant family palaces dating back to the 18th century which rise proudly alone amid the urban fabric. One such building, the hôtel Nicolai, was the reason for noa*'s first site inspection in the Ville Lumière. The assignment: to renovate a flat occupying part of the second floor and the attic to make it the new home of a young family.

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Antoine Huot

SPATIAL CONTINUUM

Following the design philosophy that has always marked noa*’s approach, the interior designers began with a phase of research and intense dialogue with the client to ensure   that  the  flat would  tell their  story  in  the  best  possible  way.  The result  was  the  outlining of a "nomadic spirit" of the owners as well as the recall during the first talks to an object which, for those who describe themselves as citizens of the world, has a strong symbolic  meaning:  the  logarithmic  spiral  shell of  the  Nautilus:

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

"The Nautilus is among the rare creatures to have survived the Cretaceous period. This is said to be due to the shape of its shell, which allowed it to feel at home all the time - a shell designed so well it has made possible for a hermit crab to survive from the time of the dinosaurs to the present day".

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

The shell, which symbolizes domestic comfort, together with Parisian inspirations have led to a project with a refined and timeless character. The curved line becomes the stylistic signature of the apartment: this undulating movement is also present in the spatial distribution, as the different functions of living naturally succeed one another.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

TAILORED DESIGN

In choosing the fittings and designing the oak furniture, noa* wanted to convey the elegance of the Marais district, where the property is located, into the flat. The colour of the blue-grey marble, the fabrics of the cushions and upholstery, the choice of materials and colours for the floors, ceilings and walls are all inspired by the roofs of Paris.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

The ground floor has a service and guest entrance. From both perspectives, the chromatic  and material division of the floor stands out: the living area is in bleached oak parquet  in a French herringbone pattern, while the circulation corridor is in terrazzo.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

This runway seems to divide the floor into two islands: on one side, a niche overlooking the Seine, where people can read or chat, furnished with oak seating and black leather cushions.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

On  the other side, the kitchen and living room area, where the gaze rests on the elegant grey- blue marble “Bardiglio Imperiale”, used for the fireplace cladding and the kitchen top. The Chester sofa and a cosy dining area with a bench complete the furnishings.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

The focal point of the design was the connection between the lower and upper floors: a sinuous,  organically  shaped  staircase  visually  extends  the  terrazzo  corridor.  The  service area  (laundry,  toilet, walk-in  wardrobe)  follows  the  course  of  the  stairs and  is enclosed by a curved wall. Also on the lower floor are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom is furnished with a freestanding bathtub, carved from a single block of “Botticino Fiorito” marble. The washbasins and shower surfaces are made of the same material.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

Distributing  the  loads  created  by  the  bathtub  so  that  the  old  load-bearing  structure  could support them was one of the most demanding challenges in the project. The upper floor houses a multifunctional room equipped for home cinema and a guest room with bathroom.

photo_credit Antoine Huot
Antoine Huot

The result is a project with a serene, calm, and welcoming atmosphere — a flat with curved lines and the scent of wood, where you feel immediately at home.

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