Throughout the 19th, and well into the 20th century, Paris cultivated a love affair with the oriental East. The romantic imagery lives on in the paintings of Delacroix and Matisse, and lingers in the great halls of Gare l’Est, where passengers once embarked on the Orient Express to visit Constantinopel.
The studio is located halfway between this station and the Louvre Museum in the Second Arrondissement. Given was a single room of 4.4 x 3.8 x 3.2 m (depth/width/height) in a 19th century residential block. The small, tactical insertion of a three-sided screen divides the service areas from the square-shaped main room, which has the qualities of spacious pavillion.
Perforated with windows and arabesques, the screen creates the illusion of vistas and spatial depth. A rich and generous spatial experience unfolds despite the small scale of the studio.
paris | 24 sqm living area