Located in Paris’ 6th arrondissement, Maison Escalier is a home designed by Moussafir Architectes and built on the site of an old house. Limited on three sides by the original walls of the building, this home has a tree-like structure wherein a staircase encircles a "trunk" that contains the wet rooms of the building. The south façade is entirely glazed and covered with shifting electronically controlled shades with leaf-like patterns that cast intricate shadows when the sun sets. These efficient design practices make Masion Escalier an interesting example of urban infill housing.
The interior of Maison Escalier is creatively designed with stark white-painted walls that contrast with rich, warm black locust wood floors and ceilings. The black locust wood also covers the central core walls and the staircase. Concrete boxes are installed on the existing walls to provide shelving throughout the house, and hints of lime green accent these boxes to give the interiors some diversity of color.
The steel structure of the home is comprised of multiple cantilevered floors supported by the core of the building. Through the integration of the stair, the whole of the house is an open floor plan with the only closed spaces being the bathrooms. No partition exists throughout these living spaces from the basement to the terrace on the roof. Each floor introduces a different view of the core of the home, and each space introduces lots of natural light. The daylight helps to keep this home from seeming too confined within its stone and steel walls.
Photographs are by Hervé Abbadie