Spectral House

So usually I am a big fan of ultra modern houses, but this one might be a bit much, today we have a 215 square foot house out of Paris France.  The renovation was done for about $50k and instead of paint, they decided to bring in color with different light bulbs.  The sodium light-bulbs bring in a really interesting architectural quality, with it being such a raw mechanical element contrasted against the stark white.  The designer noted:

The apartment is designed in a simple and neutral expression, without color or particular detail, annihilating any architectural expressiveness or narrative to leave only the logic of composition generated by light.











Via betillondorvalbory.com

  1. I like it! I noticed that my house has a different feel in the rooms because of the different bulbs, I like the idea of using that more to define spaces. Awesome post!

  2. I agree–Wayyyyy too visually harsh for actually living in; it more resembles an “art installation” where the artist is making a statement, not actually living in it. The overwhelming amount of harsh, hard, angular spaces/surfaces needs (yes, NEEDS) to be balanced with things that are organic (wood, plants, fabric) and throw some curves in there to complement & balance the space. The human race, last time I checked, didn’t develop in outer space with a paucity of organic material; we respond our best and truest when we achieve a balanced home environment.

  3. Nice skeleton, just needs to be fleshed out. As a bare bones foundation it looks very functional and a person could add as much or as little colour and decoration as they like. Very practical for resale too, can be made to appeal to many different tastes with a few simple additions rather than a massive reno. Shape, colour and texture can be modified with plants, textiles, pottery, wooden objects both useful and decorative, artwork, etc to make a more “natural” environment. If a person prefers a very minimal modern look they don’t need to do much and it’s simple enough to add colour with accessories. Not sure I’d dedicate quite that much space to the kitchen and bathing areas though and definitely would skip the harsh light fixtures, maybe get rid of the upper wall by the stairs. I might also put the shower and bathroom vanity close to the toilet if the plumbing permitted but this configuration makes sense if you use the area around the shower for clothes storage and dressing.

    • Actually meant to say move the toilet closer to the bathing area, not the other way around.

  4. It’s interesting.
    For at least a decade now, I look at these before and after remodels. I look at the befores, and even in rough condition, it looks better than the after.

    Look at the before with the soft beige paint, the raise panel molding on the lower 1/3 of the wall, the outlines of previous wall hangings and fixtures. It was a charming compact unit.

    Now.. $50K? not even $50. Doctors offices aren’t even this bad. Everything in the remodel says “petroleum based”. I would be scared to death one of those stair steps would snap off. I feel bad for the house plant.

    But each to their own.

  5. Goodgawd. Pretentious art student meets solitary confinement. How would it be possible to actually LIVE in this, without the clutter immediately destroying the ‘look’? What a waste of money. I agree with above, it was better before with all the shadows of the past on the walls.

  6. I liked it a lot, until I got the before picture. Knowing that it had once been a great old apartment with lots of architectural details, and they removed them? Totally ruined it for me.

    I love all kinds of architecture – but I can’t condone ruining something beautiful, in order to create something new. There are plenty of boxy old “modern-style” apartment buildings in Paris, that need renovation – so why screw up an older building?

  7. Extravagant restraint.

  8. Super Awesome, a true architectural beauty!

  9. Nice. How about obscuring the view of the shower from the kitchen? What holds those stairs up when someone steps on them?

  10. Everything white wash and square. This was a clever aesthetic in 1910. Nothing new here. Nothing inviting. More like a urology lab.

  11. I’d rather live in a jail cell than this sterile mess.

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