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Sloft Édition 03

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In this third bilingual issue :
  • We take you to Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers, Picardy, Ghent, Venice and even Osaka... not forgetting Paris, to discover projects that speak to us of the present and eternal time. The present, with the rediscovery of the architectural heritage of the 1970s, and the new interest in functional flats in large condominiums. Or the new look at suburban towns that were once off the radar. Eternal time with the possible dream of a Venetian palace. Or by distancing yourself from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life within the thick walls of a house in Osaka. Or in the calm of a Picardy studio.

  • We are also interested in town houses for their ability to fit into a constrained urban fabric by exploiting unusual plots of land. We discover the first work of an architect-artist who has become a giant, Tadao Ando's Sumiyoshi Row House in Osaka, all horizontal. And in Ghent, we take up his vertical counterpoint by discovering Natalie and Hannes' improbable house, as playful as it is innovative. By virtue of their fierce independence and their resistance to the homogeneous master plan, these houses assert the very personal identity of their designers in the urban fabric, bringing a welcome urban diversity to the city.

  • Finally, we invite you to visit three designers. In the hidden workshop of Louis Ainesi and Quentin Ravasse, the design duo who founded the Herah studio, to talk about their desire for independent manufacturing. And in Aubervilliers, at the home of visual artist and model agency owner Cyril Debon, who tells us about an artistic project that's as disruptive as it is jubilant!

Eclectism, poetry, art, escapism, beauty and good ideas are decidedly not a function of square meters!

"Sweet 70s", Julie and Félix breathe new life into their apartment. A 69 m² in Paris’ 20th arrondissement

Félix and Julie's search was not so much for a particular area as for a particular style of flat.
"Buildings from the 60s and 70s often have a more rational, more optimised layout, and are also less popular... and therefore less expensive! Our only constraints were to have two bedrooms, a large living room and above all an office space, because we work a lot from home", Julie sums up.
It was in the 20th arrondissement that they finally found their ideal apartment: on the 9th floor, a property of almost 70 square metres, with a panoramic view over Place des Fêtes.

"A Peacock in Venice", Claire and Pierre-Marie’s Franco-Italian Duplex. 70 m² in Venice

High up, like a lookout, Pierre-Marie and Claire's terrace overlooks the San Pietro canal and offers a superb view of the city.
Welcome to Castello, a stone's throw from the Arsenale and the site of the Venice Biennale. This is still a very lively and popular district.
"Some people buy in Deauville, but we bought in Venice! It's 3 hours door-to-door from Paris, and the city has a lot to offer: the sea is just a few minutes away, and the mountains less than an hour. The history is incredible and the architecture sublime.
For the search, the criteria were rather limited - a top floor and an opening - but the property market is complex in Venice...

"North bound", Carla and Olivier’s hidden apartment. 70 m² in Saint-Denis

"I had two options: Aubervilliers or Saint-Denis. Right from the start, I preferred Saint-Denis because I had friends who lived there. I've always identified with that kind of place, I feel at home there.
For their first purchase, Olivier and his partner were looking for an old property with character and unusual volumes... This building dating from the early 19th century had everything they were looking for. They headed for the second and top floor, where they discovered an attic flat with exposed beams and high ceilings. But that wasn't all. A mysterious "circle" reveals a hidden part of the flat...

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