French architect Noel Dominguez designed a refreshingly modern home in a Parisian neighborhood with mostly heterogeneous and nondescript buildings. Located in the former garden of a townhouse, the Wooden House in Paris is a three-story compact residence. To maintain privacy and optimize views on the small lot, the design team divided the house into a timber-clad two-story base stacked below a glazed penthouse on top that pops up like a periscope.
Inside, the bone white interior creates the illusion of spaciousness with large glazed windows and an open-plan living room and kitchen on the first floor. Recessed shelves and exposed ceiling beams add depth to the room, while the timber floor and other wooden accents imbue the space with a sense of warmth. A black spiral staircase tucked away in the corner of the room leads up to a bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. The master bedroom is located in the wedge-shaped metal and glass penthouse.
Since access to the site was limited and machinery such as cranes could not fit through the narrow lot, the architects had to carefully plan the construction process before assembling the structure on site by hand and pulley. The three-story house was modeled in a 3D program, which assigned each timber component a unique reference number. The construction process, which the architects liken to the precise art of building a ship in a bottle, was completed in just three weeks.
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