Spanning 250 square meters, Le Grand Marais is a former data center that takes its name from the Parisian outskirts where it’s located. Today, the entire complex, a building dating back to the ‘70s and belonging to the largest co-ownership in the French capital, now presents a multitude of functions: from offices to accommodations, an amphitheater and even a sports center. Among them, we find a residence that was recently restored by Ubalt Architectes, transforming into a home that thrives between minimalism and fluorescent accents.
Without losing that retro ‘70s style, spaces were reinterpreted beginning from materials: plexiglass is nearly omnipresent, colored metal is paired to curtains made with iridescent fabrics, and concrete dominates the scene. Located on the ground floor and positioned towards a blind facade of the building, the apartment is scarcely illuminated with limited views. Architects then looked to underline this aspect in order to improve and resolve a defect without trying to obscure it.
Redistribution of the spaces and furnishings was conceived in order to realize an entryway, a living area evoking the form of an indoor patio, three bedrooms and a bathroom. All the environments are connected to one another — thanks also to a selection of “slippery” materials — that slide from one to the next through distinct and characteristic spaces, where artificial light animates and gives form and color to atmospheres.
The interior design aims to soften the “rigid” side of the apartment and render it more similar to a showroom rather than a home. In doing so, large areas meant to hold objects stand out while the living room — spacious and well lit — is the perfect place to work or create an office. In this sense, a peripheral apartment is transformed into trendy residential hub.