Wood Ribbon Apartment is a typical Haussmanian Parisian apartment with mouldings, fish bone parquet and a linear long balcony. The refurbishment concept, was to create contemporary architecture, a light element that would allow the design to preserve all the existing historical elements that confer a strong character to the place while unveiling new uses and a new appreciation of space, suited to its 21st century inhabitants.
That was the challenged for Toledano+Architects whom’s answer was to create a wood ribbon that circulates through the bearing molded walls. All along its curves, the wood is an inhabitable wall /sculpture, like an installation, that dissimulates the entrance to the rooms and bathrooms, creates niches for storage or for the kitchen and so on.
The ribbon is lower than the ceilings in order to keep the signs of the former historical layout plan. Along with the carpenter, they created walls entirely made of wood, from the rails inside, cut with a lasercut to the curved surfaces manufactured with moulds. All the walls were pre-fabricated and assembled at the carpenter’s workshop and then reassembled onsite within a day.
On one side of the Ribbon is the master suite, with the bedroom, open bathroom and dressing room and on the other side the children area, with a bedroom and a bathroom. The two parts of the ribbon define these two areas of the apartment. In between, the void creates tensions but also openings.
A narrow corridor separates the entrance from the wide and spacious common spaces : the living room and the kitchen and dining room.. The materials along the wood ribbon are bendable wood, left very natural and in the niches, brass and travertin. In the master bathroom, the luxurious grey onyx mixes up with the young and relaxed feeling given by the plywood, whereas in the children area, the materials are bright and playful with white and orange resin. The ceiling is made of alveolar polycarbonate to provide some natural light and impart a fun twist to all the areas behind the wooden walls except for the bedrooms.