The renovation of this 19th-century mansion near Paris highlights the historic elements of the original building, while optimizing its spatial organization to fit modern living. 05AM Arquitectura restored the characteristic features of 19th century home while opening the interior of the house toward the rear garden to embrace the outdoors.


Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

The owners of the house– a couple with two young children – commissioned 05AM Arquitectura to restore it to its former glory and make its interior compatible with their daily life. Located in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris, Maison à Colombages featured ornate ceilings and wall moldings, a fireplace, alcoves and a layout that divided the interior into relatively small, poorly lit rooms.

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

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The architects removed some of the existing partitions and connected the main living area with the dining room and kitchen. They improved the functionality of the entry and added built-in furniture with storage areas and wardrobes. This intervention drastically improved natural lighting and established a stronger connection with the garden.

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Photos by Adrià Goula

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace

Maison à Colombages, green renovation, 19th century, Paris, 05AM Arquitectura, restoration, France, green architecture, natural lighting, storage spaces, open-plan layout, green fireplace