Creative Modern Extension to 19th Century Building in Paris by h2o architectes

The project of the rue Godefroy Cavaignac in Paris consisted within the rehabilitation of a building which didn’t meet hygiene and security standards into new social housing by h2o architectes (lead architect) in collaboration with Ingénierie Louis Choulet (Mechanical and Sustainability Engineer). The agency’s aim was to resume a twin of the building on the street while responding to the necessities of the  «patrimoine habitat environnement» certification. The project is essentially in accordance with the building extension, contemporary reinvention of the bow-window, inserted within the prolongation of the incomplete 19th century façade.

The alternation of voids and solids in addition to the diagonal cutting of the volumes break the visual monotony of the alignment of the buildings on the street and offer new and engaging views onto the rue de  Charonne. Inside, the apartments reap the benefits of new space and luxury including, for a few of them, a small space for gardening, a loggia or balcony. The courtyard is transformed right into a planted patio that is made visible as a result of a clear wall from the road. A page is turned, social life is reinvented. [Photos and data provided via e-mail by h2o architectes; Photos: Stéphane Chalmeau]

Dark And Cold Old House Completely Transformed Right into a Bright and Eco-Friendly Home

The dark and cold old Chestnut Hill Residence, a home built in 1983, went through radical changes and have become the golf green dream house the owners always wanted. The renewal of the old quirky residence located in Brookline, Massachusetts, was completed by  A+SL Studios and OMA. The renewal consisted of a new passage added along the south side and better ceilings within the lounge. The result: a happy-bright, contemporary interior and a beautiful living ambience. “The owners’ growing family and fervour for green design mandated an entire reappraisal of the inner spaces and their connection to the positioning, in addition to technological upgrades to augment the house’s original mission and to make an up-to-date sustainability statement.”
One of the key advantages is unquestionably the view. Peaceful and relaxing, the environment may be easily “accessed” from the intimacy of the lounge. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the owners to benefit from the beautiful site and feel more connected to the character than before. The usage of eco-friendly materials qualifies the home as ideal for the owners, that have a deep respect towards the character. The glossy white furniture blends wonderful with wooden floor and window frames.